View Full Version : Emperor Akihito announces that he wishes to abdicate

Aug 8, 2016, 19:18
From BBC News (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37007106):

"Japan's Emperor Akihito has strongly indicated he wants to step down, saying he fears his age will make it difficult to fulfil his duties.
The revered 82-year-old emperor's comments came in only his second-ever televised address to the public.
Emperor Akihito did not explicitly say he wanted to abdicate as it could be interpreted as political interference."