We already knew this was going to happen at some point as the Diet passed a one time bill that would allow Akihito to abdicate in June, but the Imperial Household Council has met and picked a date for the transition. 177 more words
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The Emperor is to abdicate on April 30, 2019, the Imperial House Council decided at a meeting on Friday morning.
The meeting was held at a special conference room of the Imperial Household Agency’s building, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heard opinions about the date of abdication for the Emperor from the chiefs of both chambers of the Diet, Imperial family members and others. 328 more words
In 2011 as the Arab Spring swept across the Middle East and North Africa you might have been forgiven for barely noticing the events that were about to change the region and, indirectly, the world if you had been sitting in Riyadh or Jeddah at the time. 1,263 more words