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Japanese emperor's possible abdication raises issues

OF DELICATE IMPORTANCE: Reuters quoted Naotaka Kimizuka, at Japan's Kanto Gakuin University as saying that with Akihito apparently rejecting a regency, the only options would appear to be revising the Imperial Household Law or enacting a special law allowing him to abdicate.


JAPAN'S 82-year-old Emperor Akihito hinted strongly on Monday in a video speech broadcast by state broadcaster NHK that he is anxious to abdicate the so-called "Chrysanthemum Throne", saying that his advanced age could render it difficult for him to perform his public duties in the...

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