Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito visits Denmark

(Kyodo News via AP) Under the law enacted Friday in Japan, the 83-year-old Akihito's abdication must take place within three years. The last Japanese emperor to abdicate was Kokaku in 1817. ( read original story ...)

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