tokio - The Japanese emperor Akihito (83) will most likely return to the end of March 2019. That's what the Japanese newspaper Asahi reports, based on sources in the Japanese government. In June of this year, Parliament voted in favor of a bill that would allow the 83-year-old Emperor to make throne distance.
The emperor said last year that his age and health made it difficult for him to fulfill his duties. Akihito has undergone a cardiac surgery and has been treated for prostate cancer.
It becomes the first abdication of a Japanese emperor in two hundred years. Normally, crown prince Naruhito (57) will follow him on April 1, 2019. Akihito has been on the throne for exactly 30 years.