Em­peror to ab­di­cate

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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