Japan: Emperor Akihito pledges to fulfil pre-abdication duties on 84th birthday

Japan’s Emperor Akihito marked his 84th birthday by promising to fulfil his duties until his abdication in April 2019, during his yearly speech from a balcony on Tokyo’s Imperial Palace on Saturday. As has become tradition, thousands of people attended the annual event to celebrate the Emperor’s birthday. Earlier this month, the government formally approved Akihito’s abdication for April 30... Еще, 2019. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will succeed as Japanese Emperor. Akihito announced his desire to abdicate last year, citing his age and health. He ascended the throne in January 1989 aged 56.

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