First Japanese abdication in over two centuries

First Japanese abdication in over two centuries

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The Japanese parliament grants first Imperial abdication in nearly 200 years, following concerns of the Emperor’s declining health.

In a rarely televised interview Emperor Akihito, 83, stated his worries, “I am concerned it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties..as I have done so far.”

But the monarch faced logistical problems with the Imperial Household Law, which has been governing Japan’s royal line of succession, writes The Atlantic. The last emperor to abdicate was in 1817. Parliament has now found a one-off legislation that only allows the current Emperor to abdicate the throne.

The government confirms that he will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito, 57.

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