Japan Emperor, Symbol of National Unity, Said to Seek Abdication

  • Crown Prince Naruhito next in line for Chrysanthemum Throne
  • Would be first abdication since nation opened up to West

Feldman: Succession Line Solid Behind Japan's Emperor

Japan’s Emperor Akihito, the first to serve from the outset in a purely ceremonial role, signaled his wish to step down in a matter of years, national broadcaster NHK reported.

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