Japan’s Emperor Akihito May be Stepping Down Soon

Japan’s Emperor Akihito confirmed reports on Monday, in a rare public address, that he’s thinking of stepping down from the “Chrysanthemum Throne” in the next few years due to health concerns. “Fortunately I am now in good health,” the 82-year-old said in his first televised broadcast since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. “However, when I consider…

via What to Know About Japan’s Emperor Akihito: A Lifetime of Firsts — TIME

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