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Japan emperor to abdicate on April 30, 2019

The popular 83-year-old Emperor Akihito shocked Japan last year when he signalled his desire to take a back seat.


JAPAN'S Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019, the country's prime minister announced on Friday, the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world's oldest. "We decided that the implementation (of a special law allowing the...

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