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Japan's Emperor Akihito To Abdicate In April 2019

The 83-year-old emperor hinted last year that he wanted to step down. However, Japanese law had no provision for imperial abdication until a new law was passed by parliament this summer.

Japan's 83-year-old Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019, capping a three-decade reign on the Chrysanthemum Throne, the Imperial Household Council said Friday – setting a date to the desire first

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