Emperor Akihito's abdication date may be announced in September

Jul 27, 2017

Emperor Akihito's abdication date may be announced in September

Originally expected to make an official announcement next summer about the timing of Emperor Akihito's abdication and the start of the new era, the government may reveal details as early as September, informed sources said. The government believes moving up the timing of the announcement ...

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 legislation ...