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WALTER HAMILTON. An Emperor Asks to Step Down

In August 2016, Japan’s Emperor Akihito took the highly unusual step of asking publically to be relieved of his duties – to be able to abdicate.  The government is still mulling over its response many months later. The article below … Continue reading

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WALTER HAMILTON. Abdication in Japan?

On July 13, just three days after Japan’s ruling coalition secured a critical two-thirds majority in parliament, a news report emerged that the country’s long-serving Emperor wishes to abdicate ‘within the next few years’. (According to some news media, the … Continue reading

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