Japan Mulls Pardons to Mark New Emperor's Enthronement

Politics Society

Tokyo, April 28 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering granting pardons for certain crimes as early as this autumn in line with Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne, sources familiar with the matter said.

Pardons related to Imperial Family events were last issued in 1993 on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako.

Before that, pardons were granted in 1989 in line with the death of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa, and in 1990 to mark the enthronement of his son, Emperor Akihito, covering 10 million and 2.5 million people, respectively.

This time, pardons linked to Emperor Akihito's abdication are unlikely to be issued, the sources said.

Pardons include making guilty rulings ineffective, reducing sentences and restoring legal rights restricted by guilty rulings.

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