Japan gov’t panel begins discussions on Emperor Akihito’s possible abdication

A panel of experts commissioned by the Japanese government held the first meeting Monday on the possible abdication of Emperor Akihito. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined the meeting, saying he hopes for a thorough discussion because it is an extremely important issue that affects the basis of the country. Abdication is not mentioned under Japan’s existing laws, so if the emperor is to abdicate, they will have to be changed. Emperor Akihito has been on the throne since the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito, in 1989.

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