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Japan’s emperor hints at wish to abdicate

Japan’s 82-year-old Emperor Akihito, speaking in only his second televised address to the public in 27 years, has indicated that he wants to step down. What are the reasons behind this move? Liu Youfa, former Vice President of the China Institute of International Studies; Kristin Surak, Associate Professor in Japanese Politics from the University of London; Yoichi Shimatsu, former Editor of the Japan Times; and Joshua Walker, Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, shed more insight.

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