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[NEWS]Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

Text from BBC

Japan’s government has approved a one-off bill which, if passed, will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate.
The 83-year-old emperor said last year that his age and health were making it hard for him to fulfil his official duties.
But there is no provision under existing law for him to abdicate and be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito.
The bill will now pass to the parliament, where it is widely expected to be passed.
It would be the first time a Japanese emperor has stepped down since Emperor Kokaku in 1817.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Friday that the government “hopes for the smooth passage of the legislation”.
Akihito, who has had heart surgery and was treated for prostate cancer, has been on the throne since the death of his father, Hirohito, in 1989 and is loved and revered by many Japanese.
In a rare address to the nation in August, he said he was beginning to feel “various constraints such as in my physical fitness” which caused him to “contemplate on my role and my duties as the emperor in the days to come”.
The emperor is constitutionally barred from making any comments on politics, so he could not say explicitly that he wanted to stand down.
The bill approved by the cabinet on Friday mentions the widespread public support for the emperor’s wishes, Japanese media reported.
It says that on abdication, Crown Prince Naruhito would immediately take the Chrysanthemum Throne, but that neither he nor his successors would be allowed to abdicate under the same law.
The government will set the date for the abdication, which is expected to be in December 2018.

Women are not allowed to inherit the throne and so Princess Aiko, the daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito, cannot succeed her father.
A debate about whether or not a woman should be able to ascend the throne was triggered in 2006 when the emperor had no grandsons, but was postponed after a boy was born to the imperial family.
The discussion about the role of royal women arose again this week when it was announced that Princess Mako – Akihito’s eldest grandchild – was to be engaged to a commoner.
Under Japanese law, the 25-year-old will have to give up her royal status and enter private life after her marriage.

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Ikebana Exhibition

On 13th May, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited the Special Exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Japan Ikebana Art Association took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi, the Honorary President of the Association welcomed Their Majesties.

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Spring Conferment of Order

On 9th May, HM Emperor Akihito attended the conferment ceremony of the Order took place at Imperial Palace.

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MIDORI Academic Prize

On 28th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 11th Award Ceremony of MIDORI Academic Prize and the reception took place in Tokyo.

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100th Anniversary of RIKEN

On 26th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of RIKEN, Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution took place in Tokyo.

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New Minister for Reconstruction

On 26th April, HM Emperor Akihito attended the attestation ceremony for the New Minister for Reconstruction took place at Imperial Palace.

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Spring Imperial Garden Party

On 20th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the Spring Imperial Garden Party at Akasaka Imperial Garden and about 2,000 guests are invited.
All female members of Imperial Family who attended the party wore Kimono.

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Japan Prize

On 19th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 33rd Award Ceremony of Japan Prize.

Their Majesties also attended the commemoration concert and the banquet took place in Tokyo.

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Crown Princess of Sweden

On 18th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the luncheon for HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Kingdom of Sweden at Imperial Residence.

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Short Trip with King & Queen

On 7th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Shizuoka Prefecture with HM King Felipe VI and HM Queen Letizia of Kingdom of Spain.

They saw the watch presented by the King of Spain to Ieyasu Tokugawa, the shogun (general) of Japan in 1611.


Shizuoka Prefecture Earthquake Disaster Prevention Center

They saw the folk entertainment performed by the children at Shizuoka Sengen Shrine.

HM Emperor Akihito bade farewell to HM King Felipe VI at the Shrine.

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