Japan’s Emperor Akihito first in 200 yrs to renounce throne


Ojaswini nimbalkar


Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his nearly three decades on Japan’s throne seeking to soothe the wounds of World War Two, will step down on April 30, 2019 – the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries.
A 10-member Imperial Household Council of lawmakers, royals and supreme court justices, chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, agreed on the timing on Friday.


The government was required by law to hear the council’s views before formally deciding the date, most likely next week.


The octogenarian Akihito will be succeeded by his heir, 57-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito.

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