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Japan's emperor intends to abdicate in a few years: NHK

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 05:50
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Emperor Akihito (above) has been cutting back on his official duties, handing over some duties to his heir, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Tokyo

JAPANESE Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his time on the throne trying to heal the wounds of World War II, intends to abdicate in a few years, public broadcaster NHK said on Wednesday, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan.

The 82-year-old monarch, who has

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