Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arriving at Kushinokuni Museum of Literature in Toyama city. Photo: Kyodo

Japan’s game of thrones: ‘one-off’ emperor abdication law passed and calls for women to have bigger role in the monarchy

The country has not had a monarch step down in two centuries and there was no law to deal with ruler Akihito’s retirement request

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arriving at Kushinokuni Museum of Literature in Toyama city. Photo: Kyodo
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