Japan cabinet approves law for Emperor Akihito abdication

20 May, 2017, 00:20 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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The government will set the date for the abdication, which is expected to be in December 2018.

Largely the question has been over whether women should be allowed to succeed to the throne - Naruhito's only child is a girl, while his younger brother, Prince Akishino, has a young son and two daughters.

Akihito, last August, had hinted that he may step down from the royal position after he publicly cited his increasing age and declining health.

Akihito has sought to soothe the wounds at home and overseas of World War Two, which was fought in his father Hirohito's name, and to bring the imperial family closer to the Japanese people.

Akihito has won plaudits for seizing upon the constitutionally prescribed role of national symbol and there is wide sympathy for his wish to retire. And though he has cut back on some of his duties, he still maintains a busy official schedule, including occasional overseas visits.

The Bill was specifically designed for the current emperor, so as to prevent others easily following suit, Kyodo said.

The last emperor to abdicated did so in 1817, The Asahi Shimbun reports. But, neither he nor his successors would be allowed to abdicate under the same law.

Imperial law requires an Emperor to serve for life, but Akihito's announcement put plans into motion for the Japanese parliament to allow the Emperor to step aside should he choose to.

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But opinions remain divided among ruling and opposition parties over how and by when the government should come up with a solution to cope with the ever-shrinking royal family.

Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Empress Michiko leave after praying at the altar of late Prince Tomohito, a cousin of the Emperor, in Tokyo June 19, 2012. Akishino's son, Prince Hisahito, 10, is the only boy of his generation in the imperial family.

Attention is now likely to shift to a possible parliamentary resolution to accompany the law.

After the envisioned abdication, the emperor and empress are expected to move to Togu Palace in the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo's Minato Ward, where the crown prince and his family now live, and the new emperor's family will move to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward.

The bill also did not mention about the imperial family allowing women to stay in the palace upon marriage, Reuters noted.

Debate in the past has also focused on the possibility of allowing female succession - most recently in 2004 when there was no male successor to follow Naruhito.

Once revered as a living God, the Japanese emperor became a ceremonial figure in Japan's constitutional monarchy after World War II.

"The sustainability of the imperial system is in real danger", Takashi Mikuriya, head of the government panel on the abdication issue, told the Mainichi Shimbun daily after the body released recommendations last month that the succession crisis needed to be addressed quickly.

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