Japan: Emperor Akihito Will Abdicate, His Son Will Take His Place

In Tokyo, Friday night, babies and toddlers started decorating a preschool with their parents. Kids ran around and young parents sat on cushions and ate, being stress-free.

They also probably talked about a historic event that will happen soon, when Japan’s most beloved emperor will be retiring – he is the first one to do it in 200 years. People plan to open a bottle of champagne and do a countdown.

Emperor Akihito is 85 years old, and will abdicate on the 30th of April. He started his reign after the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito, who led Japan after the Second World War.

In the last 30 years, Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko worked together in order to rebuild relations with the countries from Asia, after the World War 2, they tried to console victims from Japan after disasters and have left their mark on the imperial family.

In a speech he kept in 2016, Akihito said that he was worried that he could not do his role because of his age. People only have beautiful words to say about him and his wife  – two hard-working people.

Akihito’s son, who is named Crown Prince Naruhito, who is 59, will become the new emperor on the 1st of May.

Everyone is ready to celebrate

The government added a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: 10 days of holidays, starting with the 27th of April. It’s understandable why many Japanese people want to celebrate.

Homes, bars, restaurants are expected to celebrate this week, and the event will be full of surprises: cans of air, Imperial-themed sweets and many more.

His reign defined the period of history in which Japan is living through. This is why Japan is very distinctive internationally. Some people have said that he has changed their lives.


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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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