Japan cabinet approves bill allowing Emperor Akihito’s abdication

Washington, May 19
The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet signed off on the legislation, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. It will now be sent to parliament for debate and final approval. Reports of the 83-year-old Akihito’s desire to retire surprised Japan when they emerged last July.
In August he publicly cited age and declining health, which was interpreted as his wish to hand the crown to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.
But current Japanese law has no provision for abdication, thus requiring politicians to craft legislation to make it possible.
The status of the emperor is highly sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989. No abdication is expected until at least the end of 2018, according to reports.

Jerusalem, July 13 US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy announced an Israeli-Palestinian water agreement
Istanbul, July 13Istanbul, July 13Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life
Islamabad, July 13 Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday for the first time explicitly
London, July 13 The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the biggest beneficiaries of a
London, July 13 Britain's parliament has yet to set a date to debate the government's
Jerusalem, July 13 US President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy announced an Israeli-Palestinian water agreement
Istanbul, July 13Istanbul, July 13Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life
Islamabad, July 13 Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday for the first time explicitly
London, July 13 The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the biggest beneficiaries of a
London, July 13 Britain's parliament has yet to set a date to debate the government's
Top