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August 8, 2016, Tokyo, Japan - Emperor Akihito addresses to the nation, expressing his thoughts on abdication in a video message from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, August 8, 2016.  Last month, the 82-year-old emperor was reported to have conveyed his wish to hand the throne to his 56-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito, due to concerns about his frail health and ability to fully perform his duties as symbol emperor. The Emperor ascended to the throne in 1989 upon the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO) AYF -mis-

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Emperor Akihito expresses his thoughts on abudication in pre-arranged video message

August 8, 2016, Tokyo, Japan - Emperor Akihito addresses to the nation, expressing his thoughts on abdication in a video message from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, August 8, 2016. Last month, the 82-year-old emperor was reported to have conveyed his wish to hand the throne to his 56-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito, due to concerns about his frail health and ability to fully perform his duties as symbol emperor. The Emperor ascended to the throne in 1989 upon the death of his...
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Photographer: Natsuki Sakai/AFLO
Source: AFLO
Date 8 Aug 2016
Location: Tokyo Japan
Credit: Natsuki Sakai/AFLO
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