Japan’s Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers from the palace balcony during a New Year’s public appearance with his family members at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019. Photo: AP

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019, government announces

Akihito, who will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito, will be the first emperor to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years

Topic |   Japan
Japan’s Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers from the palace balcony during a New Year’s public appearance with his family members at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Akihito will abdicate on April 30, 2019. Photo: AP
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