A view of the Seimon-Tetsubashi (Main Gate Bridge) of Tokyo Imperial Palace, on January 12, 2017, Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese government is discussing legal changes to allow for the abdication of Emperor Akihito (83 year old) and the ascension to the throne of his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito on New Year's Day 2019. This would be the 30th year of the Akihito's reign. Current Japanese law has no provision to allow an Emperor to step down, but there is public support for Akihito to step aside after a public address in 2016 where he expressed concern that his age may stop him from carrying out his Imperial duties. The government is also discussing setting a new era name in the Japanese calendar to correspond to the new emperor's reign and by starting on January 1st 2019 they hope to avoid confusion to people's lives. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

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Japan prepares for Emperor Akihito's retirement
A view of the Seimon-Tetsubashi (Main Gate Bridge) of Tokyo Imperial Palace, on January 12, 2017, Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese government is discussing legal changes to allow for the abdication of Emperor Akihito (83 year old) and the ascension to the throne of his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito on New Year's Day 2019. This would be the 30th year of the Akihito's reign. Current Japanese law has no provision to allow an Emperor to step down, but there is public support for Akihito to step aside after a public address in 2016 where he expressed concern that his age may stop him from carrying out his Imperial duties. The government is also discussing setting a new era name in the Japanese calendar to correspond to the new emperor's reign and by starting on January 1st 2019 they hope to avoid confusion to people's lives. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

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Date 12 Jan 2017
Location: Tokyo Japan
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Imperial duties
Japanese calendar
new era name