tokio - The law allowing the resignation of Japanese emperor Akihito has been definitively adopted. Following the parliament's parliamentary house, Friday also entered the High Court with a law that allows the 83-year-old Emperor to make throne clearance.
The mood was followed live on Japanese television. A majority of the higher house approved the law. Now the government has to prepare the details of the throne distance. It is expected for 2018.
Akihito has undergone a cardiac surgery and has been treated for prostate cancer. It would be the first abdication of a Japanese emperor in two hundred years. When the bill is accepted, crown prince Naruhito (57) will follow him.