Japan clears way for first emperor abdication in over 200 years

Japan clears way for first emperor abdication in over 200 yearsJapan’s parliament passed a law Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries. The abdication must take place within three years of the new law taking effect or it expires — and it only applies to Akihito. The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989.



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