Emperor Akihito to abdicate, Japan embraces end of era

TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate, as Japan embraces the end of his reign with an emotion mixed with reminiscence and hopes for a new era. Akihito, 85, in a palace ritual Tuesday, will announce his retirement before other members of the royal family and top government officials. He was to perform […]

Japan’s Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019

BC-AS–Japan-Emperor-Abdication,2nd Ld-Writethru Nov 30, 2017 11:49PM (GMT 05:49) – 482 words By MARI YAMAGUCHI ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with details, background, minor edits. With AP Photos. TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s much admired Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019, at age 85 in the first such departure from the Chrysanthemum Throne […]