Japan cabinet approves bill allowing Emperor’s abdication

Posted on:20 May 2017 15:32:53
Japan cabinet approves bill allowing Emperor’s abdication
20 May 2017 Current Affairs:

  • Japan's cabinet approved a bill that would allow Emperor Akihito to resign paving the way for the first resignation by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries.

  • Resignation must take place within three years of the bill becoming law.

  • In August 2016, due to health issues, he handed over his crown to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

  • But current Japanese law has no provision for resignation, thus requiring politicians to craft legislation to make it possible.


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