» 05/19/2017, 10.07
Government approves law for the abdication of Emperor Akihito
The law can only be used for this emperor. In all probability it will be approved by parliament by the end of June. Naruhito's new era is expected to begin with 2019. The imperial family has few members and few male children.
08/08/2016 12:53:00 JAPAN
Tokyo, Emperor ready to abdicate: Increasingly difficult to perform my duties
Akihito speaks on state television, never utters the word "resignation" but says: "I am old and my tasks are heavy, I fear not being able to fulfill them well”. The population supports him, but lawyers believe it would be "dangerous" to leave Chrysanthemum throne vacant.
24/01/2017 13:12:00 JAPAN
Towards a special law to allow the Emperor to abdicate
The last abdication in the history of the country took place over 200 years ago. The emperor's desire and the lack of legislation on the subject. The indications of the commission established to deliberate. More than 90% of Japanese favors the Emperor’s wish. 2018-2019 may mark a new era for the Chrysanthemum Throne.
14/07/2016 10:04:00 JAPAN
Emperor wants to abdicate but "has no health problems"
The Chrysanthemum Throne is the oldest monastic dynasty in the world. The current ruler, 82, reportedly wants to abdicate. Experts point out this will mean a change in the law of imperial succession. Akihito is the first Japanese monarch without "divine prerogatives", renounced by his father Hirohito after the surrender of Japan in 1945.
Tokyo, for the first time in history, the Imperial Palace opens to visitors
The structure, built on the ruins of Edo Castle , covers an area of 1.15 million square meters and has never been open to the public . The decision was made to celebrate the 80th birthday of Emperor Akihito, but according to some analysts, aims to revive the imperial figure ahead of succession.
Political struggle behind rumours over royal succession
Strong-willed and a non traditional wife, Princess Masako has run up against Conservative opposition. Princess Kiko's pregnancy stops in their tracks Koizumi's plans to change succession rules to let women ascend to the throne.
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