Abdication bill sails through Lower House

/ Jun 2, 2017

Abdication bill sails through Lower House

An abdication bill drafted strictly for Emperor Akihito cleared the House of Representatives on Friday, setting the stage for its passage by the Diet on June 9. Thanks to a consensus reached by the political parties ahead of time, the Lower House approved the ...

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The future of Imperial succession

By offering legislation that would only apply to the current emperor's abdication and not facing other problems with the Imperial family, the Abe administration is merely kicking the can down the road.