The government of Japan approved a bill on the abdication of Emperor Akihito
In accordance with the bill, the throne will be passed to the eldest son of the Emperor, the crown Prince, Naruhito.
TOKYO, may 19. /Offset. TASS Vasily Golovnin/. The government of Japan has approved a bill allowing the abdication of Emperor Akihito and transfer the throne to his eldest son, the crown Prince, Naruhito.
Document during the day will be submitted for approval to the Parliament. According to the news Agency Kyodo, it can be adopted in mid-June.
The bill is designed specifically for the 83-year-old Emperor Akihito, who in August 2016 in a video message to the people expressed a desire to retire due to old age. It is assumed that he may abdicate in 2018.
At the same time, the Japanese government tried not to create a precedent, not to introduce the abdication of the emperors in the system. The current legislation assumes that they are on the throne of life. The last time the Emperor of Japan abdicated in 1817.