Japan cabinet approves bill to allow emperor to abdicate

May 19, 2017 By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s cabinet approved a bill on Friday that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries. The 83-year-old emperor, who has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment, said in rare public remarks last year he feared age might make it hard for him to fulfill his duties. Akihito has sought to soothe the wounds at home and abroad of World War Two, which was fought in…

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