Japan’s Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, on Monday, August 1, 2016. Photo: AP

Japan must redefine role of the emperor to meet modern needs

Akihito wants to abdicate but is prevented from doing so by a law introduced in 1947; it’s time to address the legal issues surrounding the imperial institution

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Japan’s Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, on Monday, August 1, 2016. Photo: AP
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