Thursday, January 19, 2017

Shadow Emperor and Emperor Akihito: Japan considers moves to allow 2018 abdication - reports Japan is considering legal changes to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate at the end of 2018, say local media reports citing government sources. Crown Prince Naruhito could then ascend the throne on 1 January 2019, according to the reports. Akihito, 83, hinted in August that he wanted to stand down, saying his age could interfere with his duties. No Japanese emperor has abdicated for two centuries and the law currently does not allow it. The abdication itself could take place on 31 December 2018, with Akihito's 56-year-old son taking over the next day, the reports said.