Japan Adopts Plan to Pardon 550,000 to Mark Emperor's Enthronement

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Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government adopted plans on Friday to grant pardons to some 550,000 people punished by fines, to mark Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in May.

The measure will take effect on Tuesday, when the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony is scheduled to take place at Tokyo's Imperial Palace to proclaim the Emperor's enthronement.

Eligible for the pardons are those who were fined for relatively minor offenses, such as traffic violations, and paid their fines at least three years ago.

They are slated to restore their rights to obtain national licenses, such as those for doctors and nurses. These rights are restricted for five years after being punished by fines.

Pardons are granted by the Emperor as a state act after a decision by the cabinet.

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