Japan's Emperor Akihito delivers a speech to well-wishers from a balcony of the Imperial Palace as Empress Michiko listens during a New Year's public appearance. Photo: AP

The real reason Japan’s emperor wants to abdicate

At 82, Emperor Akihito has hinted his failing health is behind the decision – but the move may also be aimed at thwarting the desire of the right to change the country’s pacifist constitution

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Japan's Emperor Akihito delivers a speech to well-wishers from a balcony of the Imperial Palace as Empress Michiko listens during a New Year's public appearance. Photo: AP
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