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Japan’s next emperor announces readiness for Akihito to abdicate

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Crown Prince Naruhito turns 57 and says he will share pain and joy of the people like his father, who wants to let him step down due to illness

Japans Crown Prince Naruhito has marked his 57th birthday by announcing he is ready to become emperor upon the expected abdication of his father, Akihito.

A government panel is debating how to allow the 83-year-old Akihito, who has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment, to step down after he said in August that he feared age might make it hard for him to fulfil his duties.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/23/japans-next-emperor-announces-readiness-for-akihito-to-abdicate

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