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Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to let Emperor Akihito abdicate

New Zealand Herald Saturday, 20 May 2017
TOKYO (AP) " Japan's Cabinet has approved for legislative debate a bill to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate.The legislation endorsed Friday would allow Crown Prince Naruhito to succeed his father as emperor.Akihito's...
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Japan's cabinet approved a bill on Friday that would allow Emperor Akihito to voluntarily step down. The bill paves the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries. According to Reuters, the 83-year-old emperor has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment. In...

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