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    Japan’s Government Clears Emperor Akihito’s Abdication

    It’s more complicated than yelling “I quit!” Japan’s cabinet has approved a one-off bill allowing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, the first imperial abdication since Emperor Kokaku in 1817. No movement was made on opening succession to female heirs, despite concerns about the shrinking royal household as Princess Mako prepares to leave the family to marry a commoner. Akihito’s abdication is expected to come when he turns 85 in December 2018, and his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend to the throne.

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