Burn­ing for change

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

TOKYO: Ja­pan’s Em­peror Ak­i­hito and his wife, em­press Michiko, have bro­ken with a cen­turies-old burial tra­di­tion by opt­ing to be cre­mated like most or­di­nary cit­i­zens in the densely-pop­u­lated na­tion.

The im­pe­rial cou­ple’s re­mains would be placed into a pair of rel­a­tively mod­est, yetto-be-con­structed tombs in the grave­yard where war­time Em­peror Showa, his fa­ther Em­peror Taisho and their wives were buried, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day.

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