Dec 1, 2017
TOKYO - Emperor Akihito is expected to abdicate on April 30, 2019, marking the first time in about 200 years that an emperor has relinquished the throne in Japan, a government source said Friday.
After the emperor retires, when he will be 85, his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne on May 1 that year.
The timing of the emperor's abdication was discussed in the morning during a meeting of the Imperial House Council, which involves politicians, the judiciary and imperial family members. The abdication date is set to be officially approved by the Cabinet on Dec. 8, the government source said.
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