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

Emperor Akihito (above) has been cutting back on his official duties, handing over some duties to his heir, Crown Prince Naruhito.


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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