Japan's Emperor Akihito walks behind Crown Prince Naruhito after greeting well-wishers in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s Emperor Akihito marks emotional final birthday on throne

  • In rare emotional address ahead of his abdication next year, Japanese emperor said he took ‘deep comfort’ that his long reign had been one of peace
  • The emperor is set to abdicate on April 30 next year, and his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne the following day
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Japan's Emperor Akihito walks behind Crown Prince Naruhito after greeting well-wishers in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
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