Emperor Akihito's Brief Abdication - Keywords: Emperor Akihito, Abdication

Akihito, also known as 天皇陛下明仁 (His Majesty Emperor Akihito) is the 125th Emperor of Japan, holder of the Chrysanthemum Throne after succeeding his father Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito, when he was alive).

Akihito has ruled the country since January 1989, after the death of his father, and his era is known as the Heisei Era (平成時代) and this will even be Akihito's posthumous name, according to the tradition of the Japanese monarchy.

When Akihito dies, he will be renamed and known as Emperor Heisei. However, according to a Japanese government announcement made in December 2017, Akihito will step down from the throne in April 2019.

Previous life as a Prince

Akihito was born at Tokyo Imperial Palace in Tokyo City on December 23, 1933. Named Prince Tsugu (継宮 tsugu-no-miya) as a child, he was raised and educated by his private tutors and later attended the primary and secondary departments of Gakushūin (Noble Family School) from 1940 to 1952.

Emperor Akihito - the impending abdication of the current emperor

Unlike his predecessors in the imperial family, Akihito did not receive a commission as an army officer at the request of his father, Hirohito. Thus, Akihito was the Crown Prince of the Chrysanthemum Throne from birth.

His formal investiture as Crown Prince (立太子礼 rittaishi-no-rei) was carried out in Tokyo Imperial Palace on November 10, 1952.

In August 1957, he met Michiko Shōda at a tennis court in Karuizawa near Nagano. Eventually, the Imperial House Council formally approved the Crown Prince's involvement with Michiko Shōda in 1958.

It was the first time that a commoner would marry a member of the Imperial Family. The engagement ceremony took place on January 14, 1959 and the wedding on April 10, 1959.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have three children: sons Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan and Fumihito, Prince Akishino and daughter Sayako, Princess Nori.

Emperor Akihito - the impending abdication of the current emperor

Emperor's official functions

Despite the pressure, Akihito has made several statements of remorse to Asian countries. For the suffering thanks to the Japanese occupation, he expressed remorse for China made in April 1989.

He offered prayers and flowers at various memorials, honoring dead Japanese, American soldiers, Korean workers and local islanders. Such was the first trip by a Japanese monarch to a World War II battlefield abroad.

Emperor Akihito - the impending abdication of the current emperor

Future abdication of the Emperor

In 2016, NHK reported that the Emperor intended to abdicate in favor of Crown Prince Naruhito. The reason would be his age and health. An abdication within the Imperial Family has not taken place since 1817.

Subsequently, the Emperor gave a televised speech, where he emphasized his advanced age and poor health; this was interpreted as implying his intention to abdicate.

In 2017, the law that would allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate was issued by the Japanese government office. Months later, the National Diet passed the law allowing Akihito to abdicate. In this way, the government will organize the process of handing over the office to Crown Prince Naruhito.

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