Japanese emperor Akihito says he will abdicate in 2019

02 December, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Akihito was the 125th person to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne since Emperor Jimmu

Akihito, who will be 85, said his age was a concern.

Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his almost three decades on Japan's throne seeking to soothe the wounds of WWII, will step down on April 30, 2019 - the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in about two centuries.

Akihito has two sons - Crown Prince Naruhito and Akishino - who are first and second in line to become Japan's emperor under male-only succession system.

The decision was made Friday at a meeting of the Imperial House Council, which was chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and included parliamentary leaders, supreme court judges and imperial family members.

Japan's constitution defines the emperor as a symbol of the state and the people, without political power. A law enacted in June allows Akihito, who turns 84 on Dec 23, to step down, but details have yet to be worked out.

Past year the Emperor declared that it was hard to perform their duties due to old age, and he wished to pass the throne to the heir.

Jimbo Fisher Joins Texas A&M On Record-Breaking $75M Contract
Fisher had signed an extension with FSU through 2024 just last December. "Obviously, he feels like it's the right move for him". The latest bit of news comes as little surprise: Jimbo Fisher will become the head football coach at Texas A&M .

Palestinian unity gov't takes back public sector employees in Gaza
Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

No Padmavati release in Bihar: Nitish Kumar
Vijay Rupani, the CM of Gujarat was the first to ban the movie in the state, citing the reason of law and order. Viacom18, the producers of Padmavati , deferred the film's release in light of increasing protests and threats.

The government initially leaned toward setting the date of the emperor's abdication in December 2018 and starting the new "gengo" (era name) used in the Japanese calendar at the start of 2019, according to the government sources.

After fixing the date, the government is expected to set up an organization headed by Suga to prepare for ceremonies to mark the imperial succession.

Japanese Emperor Akihito ascended to the throne after the death in 1989 of his father Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa.

The law, designed specially for the current emperor, would allow Emperor Akihito to be the first Japanese emperor that relinquishes the throne in around 200 years.

Emperor Akihito is presently undergoing a prostrate cancer treatment.


  • Inside tour: First lady decorates White House for Christmas

    Inside tour: First lady decorates White House for Christmas

    Trump has repeatedly taken shots at Obama for not wishing the country a "Merry Christmas", both before and after he took office. Donald Trump continues to peddle conspiracy theories to aides and senators behind closed doors, according to reports.
    Unsworth stresses patience needed for new Everton manager

    Unsworth stresses patience needed for new Everton manager

    With Unsworth overseeing his final match at home to West Ham tonight, Allardyce's first game in charge will be against Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park this Saturday.
    BMW's just dropped its i8's top (and added more power)

    BMW's just dropped its i8's top (and added more power)

    Under the hood of the 2019 all-wheel drive i8s are two electric motors and a three-cylinder turbocharged engine. The 2019 BMW i8 Coupe and i8 Roadster will enter showrooms globally, starting in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Apple, Stanford Medicine team up to research heart rhythm via Apple Watch

    Apple, Stanford Medicine team up to research heart rhythm via Apple Watch

    Participants will also get a free consultation with a study doctor and an ECG patch for additional monitoring. The Apple Heart Study collects stats from volunteer participants when you are wearing the Apple Watch.
    Saying good riddance to a very active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season

    Saying good riddance to a very active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season

    Hurricane Nate was a Category 1 Hurricane, and Cindy, Emily, Phillipe, and Nate were Tropical Storms when they moved onshore. Today is the last day of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. "Unfortunately many of these storms also made landfall".
    Microsoft plans to expand Redmond campus

    Microsoft plans to expand Redmond campus

    Our new buildings will focus on inclusive design and accessible technology to empower all of our employees. There are also plans for a local light rail to take workers to and from locations around the campus.
  • Giant Tesla battery starts early

    Giant Tesla battery starts early

    The facility which is being tested in the city of Jamestown is all set to launch officially soon and will be paired to the nearby Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm for added stability.
    Prince William delivers George's Christmas list to Santa

    Prince William delivers George's Christmas list to Santa

    Prince George would like a police vehicle for Christmas, his father, the Duke of Cambridge , has let it be known to Santa. Then, he said he only wanted one thing for Christmas-a police auto .
    European data watchdogs go after Uber

    European data watchdogs go after Uber

    A spokesman for Uber told the BBC the firm is not able to clarify how many United Kingdom drivers are included in the 2.7 million. In a statement Tuesday, Uber said it takes the matter seriously and is cooperating with regulators.
  • Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS Comes Out of Preview

    Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS Comes Out of Preview

    Hub View: With your favorites, reading list, history and books all in one place, finding and managing your content is made simple. There are plenty of features available in Microsoft Edge, for example, the latest update brought a dark theme to the browser.
    Reports show flu vaccine won't be effective

    Reports show flu vaccine won't be effective

    You should also wash your hands, and be careful of items like door knobs and sell phones which collect bacteria . Anthony Fauci , the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), tells Bustle.
    Uber-Waymo trial delayed as U.S.  judge raises prospect of 'cover-up'

    Uber-Waymo trial delayed as U.S. judge raises prospect of 'cover-up'

    Uber identified employees at rival companies it believed it could flip in pursuit of competitors' secrets. It was the second time the judge has agreed to delay a trial at Waymo's request .


12 injured as terrorists open fire near Peshawar University
The area where the incident occurred is a hub for educational institutions including the University of Peshawar . The Dawn quoted police officials, as saying that the terrorists aimed to attack the university hostel.

Ole Miss supposed to get NCAA ruling on infractions Friday
The 41-year-old led the Rebels to a respectable season, including an Egg Bowl win over rival Mississippi State last week. Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach on Sunday after serving on an interim basis throughout the 2017 season.

Trump calls jury's not guilty verdict in Kate Steinle homicide case 'disgraceful'
Several months after Steinle's death, Trump claimed that she had been shot five times. San Francisco became a sanctuary city in 1989. The administration has appealed.

Big B feted with Indian Film Personality of the Year at IFFI
After receiving the award, Bachchan address the event and he stated that cinema is wonderful example of unity and integration. Amitabh Bachchan will next be seen in the film, Thugs Of Hindostan , however the Akshay Kumar's next upcoming is Padman .

Snapchat launches redesigned app that separates friends from brands
That update could provide a better browsing experience for users while also improving the quality of content that gets promoted. It puts all messages and Stories from friends to the left of the camera , sorted by who you talk to and view most.

Microsoft Office apparently available now for Chromebook users
It is for the first time that office is available for Chromebook users through Google Play in terms of general release. Sometimes the apps would then show up on some Chromebooks before disappearing without warning from others.

EP is concerned about impact of Brexit on Irish border
Theresa May is finally cornered, and the United Kingdom may end up "crashing out" of the European Union with no deal at all. Mr Paisley told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee the "pussyfooting needs to stop".

Playoff top 4 might not stay as is
Would Ohio State get sent to a third straight Fiesta Bowl? No. 13 Washington is also on the radar ahead of the Fighting Irish. Alabama football fans will watch closely tonight as the Playoff Committee releases its next to last rankings.

Abdullahs slam Pervez Musharraf over remark on Hafiz Saeed
He also he was always in favour of using the Pakistan-based terror outfit to "supress" the Indian Army. Lashkar-e-Taiba are involved in Kashmir but in Kashmir it is between us and India.

Trump Pushes Back, Says Wife 'Truly Loves' What She's Doing
Visitors will be a lot: it is expected that tours of the festively decorated White house comes more than 25 thousand people. Is Melania happy to be First Lady or do you think she hates the role? Classmates quickly followed for hugs of their own.