Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Japan's Emperor, Akihito, Sets Date for Abdication

Japan's Emperor Akihito right plans to abdicate on April 30 2019 Japan's Emperor Akihito right plans to abdicate on April 30 2019
Ben Pena | 01 December, 2017, 09:02

Japanese Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019, after a almost 30 years reign and marking an end of an imperial era, the Imperial House Council announced on Friday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced the date of the abdication of country's Emperor Akihito after the decision by the Imperial House Council.

1 that Crown Prince Naruhito would become emperor on May 1, 2019, based on recommendations made in a meeting of the Imperial Household Council.

Akihito expressed his apparent wish to abdicate in August 2016, citing his age and health.

Japan's Imperial House Council set a date for when Emperor Akihito will step down and open a path for his son to succeed him.

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The Cabinet is scheduled to approve the move in early December.

Chaired by Abe, the council comprises representatives from the Diet, the Supreme Court and the imperial household.

The events also mean longer Golden Week holidays - up to 10 straight days for those who can take May 2 off.

The legislation for Akihito's case was needed because the 1947 Imperial House Law does not provide for abdication.

Emperor Akihito ascended to the throne soon after the death of his father Hirohito in January 1989. Naruhito will be 59 when he becomes emperor.

Emperor Akihito is presently undergoing a prostrate cancer treatment. The last monarch who abdicated was Emperor Kokaku in 1817. The Imperial household meeting is held to discuss on the issues related to Emperor Akihito's abdication.

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