New law allows Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan's parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The 88-year-old Emperor, the ceremonial head of state, signaled his desire to step down last year. The move will mark the first imperial abdication in two centuries.

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    Japan's parliament has cleared the way for Emperor Akihito to abdicate.

    The 88-year-old emperor, the ceremonial head of state, signaled his desire to step down last year.

    The move will mark the first imperial abdication in two centuries.

    Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Tokyo.


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