Emperor to abdicate
Japan’s cabinet has approved a bill to let 83-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicate and allow his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 57, to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne.
The abdication will be Japan’s first in 200 years.
Akihito indicated his desire to abdicate due to health concerns last August, reviving a long-standing debate in Japan over the issue of imperial succession in the 2,000-year-old monarchy.
Akihito was 56 when he ascended the throne in January 1989 after the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito.
Emperor Akihito has health concerns.