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First Look Will Japan allow its Emperor to abdicate? Interim report suggests Akihito could get his hinted wish

A government panel looking into the prospect of Emperor Akihito's abdication suggests that one-time legislation could permit the current emperor to step down from his duties, avoiding any permanent change to the system. 

Koji Sasahara/AP

The abdication of Japan’s emperor – an event not seen in 200 years – took a step closer to becoming reality Monday, as a government panel released an interim report suggesting legislation to permit a one-time move, allowing the 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to retire from some of his imperial duties.

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