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Japan royal agency denies Akihito plans to abdicate

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 05:50
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The reign of Emperor Akihito, seen here with Crown Prince Naruhito, has been characterised by an unprecedented openness.

Tokyo

JAPAN'S ancient monarchy was in tumult on Thursday, with the imperial household insisting its ageing emperor had no plans to abdicate after reports he wanted to step aside.

Respected national broadcaster NHK - citing palace and other sources - said on Wednesday that 82-year-