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Japan’s emperor is abdicating, with few heirs left

By Reuters   |   30 April 2019   |   5:22 am  
Japanese Emperor Akihito will step down on Tuesday in an unusual move that’s stunned the Japanese public - typically emperors reign until death. It will mean a lengthy holiday - 10 days straight with markets closed. And it may set a precedent, as Japan faces a dwindling number of heirs.

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