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Jordan- Japan's Emperor Akihito to abdicate in April 2019

(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Amman, Dec. 1 (Petra)-- Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down in April 2019, marking the end of an imperial era for Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the abdication date shortly after a government and royal panel met to discuss the timing.

The 83-year-old emperor had said last year that his age and health would make it difficult to fulfil his duties.

The timing of his abdication, the first in more than two centuries, has been the subject of debate in Japan, BBC reported.

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