Japan Likely to Postpone Decision on Emperor's Abdication Date (News)

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Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering dropping its plan to fix and announce the dates of Emperor Akihito's abdication and the start of a new Japanese era in September, informed sources said Monday.

A decision on the schedule is likely to be postponed until later this year, the sources said.

The government finds it necessary to initially focus on stabilizing the political situation following the recent slide in public approval ratings for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet, the sources said.

The falling approval ratings apparently made Abe cautious about rushing to amend the Constitution. Earlier this month, he said that there should be no predetermined timeframe for constitutional amendments.

Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party faces crucial triple by-elections for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, on October 22.

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