Li­cence to ab­di­cate

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TOKYO: Ja­pan’s par­lia­ment yes­ter­day passed a law al­low­ing Em­peror Ak­i­hito to ab­di­cate, clear­ing the way for the first ab­di­ca­tion by a Ja­panese monarch in nearly two cen­turies and the ac­ces­sion of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, prob­a­bly late next year.

Ak­i­hito, 83, who has had heart surgery and treat­ment for prostate can­cer, said in rare pub­lic re­marks last year he feared age might make it hard for him to con­tinue to ful­fil his du­ties.

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