Japan Passes Legislation Allowing Emperor to Abdicate
Unlike millennials, he’ll get to retire. Emperor Akihito, 83, has reigned over Japan for 28 years and he’s hinted for months that he’d like to abdicate — but had to wait for lawmakers to approve the first such resignation in 200 years. The new law only applies to Akihito, but it also includes a resolution asking parliament to consider allowing female royals to remain in the imperial family when they marry. The emperor’s expected to step down around December 2018, when his son Naruhito will assume the Chrysanthemum Throne.