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  • Abdication in Japan~I

    Abdication in Japan~I

    The abdication of Emperor Akihito will be the first in nearly 200 years, ever since that of the 119th Emperor Koukaku in 1817 during the Edo period (1603-1867). It will also be the first abdication that will not follow the death of an Emperor. The Imperial House Law, enacted in the Meiji era (1868-1912), made the Emperor's tenure life-long. In a video message broadcast on 8 August 2016, Emperor Akihito had expressed his wish to step down.

    January 24, 2019