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Japan Emperor to Abdicate Chrysanthemum Throne to Son Naruhito

Japan Diet's passage of a Special Bill on Friday, June 9, 2017 opens new gates allowing aging emperor to abdicate throne to his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito (Japan Imperial Agency Photo)

Japan’s Upper House passed a special bill on Friday, paving the way for Emperor Akihito to step down and pass the Chrysanthemum throne to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, within a week after the bill was duly passed by the lower house. Once regarded divine power, the oldest monarchy of Japan will undergo another major change with the passage ...

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