9 of 16 Experts Positive about Emperor's Abdication (News)


Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Nine of the 16 summoned experts took positive positions on Japanese Emperor Akihito's possible abdication, in a series of three hearing sessions on the matter a government advisory panel ended on Wednesday.

Of the nine experts, four called for establishing a permanent system for Imperial abdication while five sought to enact a special abdication law applicable only to the current Emperor.

The seven others opposed or were cautious about allowing the Emperor to abdicate. The hearing session took place on Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Wednesday.

Based on the hearings, the panel will draw up a summary of issues that need to be discussed related to Imperial abdication, which is not allowed under the current system. The summary is expected to be released in late January.

The government is in favor of enacting a one-off abdication law, a step that would not require the lengthy discussions needed to establish a permanent system, sources familiar with the situation said.

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