Japan's Emperor Akihito to Abdicate on April 30, 2019


Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019, in the country's first Imperial abdication in about 200 years, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Friday.

Crown Prince Naruhito will accede to the throne on May 1 that year, when the country's era name is also set to change from the current Heisei.

The Imperial House Council on Friday met and agreed on the timing of the Emperor's abdication, Abe, chair of the council, told reporters after the meeting.

The Imperial abdication will be the first since Emperor Kōkaku relinquished his title in 1817 and the first since the country's current constitution took effect in 1947.

The cabinet is expected to adopt an ordinance as early as December 8 to formalize the abdication and accession dates, sources familiar with the situation said.

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