Emperor Akihito to Be Called Emperor Emeritus after Abdication


Tokyo, Feb. 25 (Jiji Press)--Emperor Akihito will be called the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Michiko the Empress Emerita after the Emperor's abdication on April 30, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday.

It has been already decided that in Japanese the Emperor's post-abdication title will be Joko and the Empress' Jokogo.

As far as royal family members are concerned, there has been no case in the world in which the word "emeritus" or "emerita" was used as part of a post-abdication title in English, Yasuhiko Nishimura, vice grand steward of the agency, told a news conference.

Although some retired foreign kings and queens have used the same titles, the Emperor and the Empress will bear the fresh ones to clearly indicate the change in their positions, Nishimura explained.

From May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito will become the new Emperor, Prince Akishino, the second son of the Imperial couple, will be called the Crown Prince because he will be the first in line to the Imperial throne, the agency said.

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