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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Emperor Akihito will step down April 30, 2019.
We know Japanese Emperor Akihito will be allowed to retire — and now we know when.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday the emperor will step down April 30, 2019. Akihito has worried his age and declining health could inhibit him from carrying out royal duties.
Japanese law doesn't generally allow emperors to voluntarily leave their post. But Japan's Parliament passed a special law in June enabling the 83-year-old monarch to abdicate.
His oldest son Crown Prince Naruhito will take his place May 1, 2019. CNN reports Naruhito has already assumed some of his father's duties.
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