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Became known date of the abdication of the Emperor of Japan

02 December 2017, 01:08 | Damon Campbell

Became known date of the abdication of the Emperor of Japan

Emperor Akihito will become first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years

Japan's Emperor Akihito is set to step down in April 2017, having announced a year ago that age and failing health might make it hard for him to fulfil his duties.

Japan emperor to cede all public duties after abdication TOKYO: Emperor Akihito will hand over all public duties to his heir after retiring in what will be Japan's first abdication in almost two centuries, the monarch's younger son said, responding to worries a former emperor might weaken his successor's status.

He will be succeeded by his heir, 57-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito.

It followed a meeting on Friday of the Imperial Household Council which includes lawmakers, royals and supreme court justices.

Under the postwar Constitution in Japan, the emperor, once considered divine, is defined as "the symbol of the state" with no political power. "I hope the emperor will spend relaxing time as much as possible after the abdication", he said.

Emperor Akihito will become first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years
Became known date of the abdication of the Emperor of Japan

A law adopted in June allows Akihito to step down, but left details such as timing to be worked out later. The date of the said renunciation in the Council of the Imperial house, writes "Voice of America". Late April is also more appropriate for many Japanese to embrace the change of an era after settling down from a busy period of travel and job transfers around April 1, the beginning of a new fiscal year.

After fixing the date, the government is expected to set up an organization headed by Suga to prepare for ceremonies to mark the imperial succession.

Akishino's 11-year-old son, Prince Hisahito, is the emperor's only grandson and will be second in line to the throne after the abdication.

Akihito was 56-years-old when he ascended the throne following the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito.

Emperor Akihito is presently undergoing a prostrate cancer treatment.

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