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Old 06-11-2017, 06:48 PM
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There's always attachment to the previous emperor no matter how succession happens. Emperor Showa reigned for so long, many wondered about Akihito at first despite his excellent tenure as crown prince. Naruhito will be fine and I agree he'll have his father's support, the best advisor possible. It doesn't make sense to diminish the new emperor. If so, why abdicate?

Given the abdication's lengthy timeline, the CP household and her medical team should to have a transition plan for Masako. I'm trying to be optimistic but Michiko had breakdowns/stress episodes as empress so that doesn't bode well.

Now the government is looking at abdication between December 2018 and spring 2019.

Akihito likely to step down in late 2018 or the following March: The Asahi Shimbun
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The government is looking at a roughly three-month window, between December 2018 and the following March.

The hope is that the emperor, now 83, will relinquish the Chrysanthemum Throne in late December in favor of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, who is now 57, before the nation starts a new imperial era on Jan. 1, 2019.

[…]

But some officials at the Imperial Household Agency are pushing for the transition to take place in spring 2019 on grounds that a number of important rituals and events are usually lined up for the imperial family each autumn through winter.

Among them are the harvest festival on Nov. 23 and ceremonies held on New Year’s Day to greet government officials and foreign dignitaries at the Imperial Palace.

If Akihito is allowed to abdicate at the end of March 2019 so that the new era starts on April 1, it would coincide with the beginning of a new fiscal and academic year in Japan.

The government is expected to announce the name of the new era at least a few months beforehand.

It will decide the date for Akihito's abdication after heeding the opinion of the Imperial Household Council, which includes imperial family members, the prime minister, top officials of the Diet and justices of the Supreme Court.
[…]
Urg, more delays. It's not necessary to align the abdication to fiscal or academic years or even Jan 1st. Is the government only thinking about abdication or including enthronement as well? Those two events could happen separately.
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:11 PM
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"Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito pledged Tuesday to devote himself to the role of emperor, like his father, when he assumes the Chrysanthemum Throne. "I will devote myself body and soul to every single duty," Naruhito said."


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Old 06-13-2017, 02:54 PM
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Crown Prince Naruhito says will devote his 'heart and soul' to job as emperor | The Japan Times
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“The Emperor has worked for many years, taking each task to heart extremely seriously, serving as a symbol of the people and sincerely seeking out the proper way an Emperor should be,” Naruhito told a news conference ahead of a visit to Denmark.

Speaking at his palace in the heart of Tokyo, Naruhito added: “I intend to devote myself heart and soul to the duties he passes on to me.”

Naruhito said that Masako had also been invited to visit Denmark, but that due to the demands of the trip as well as duties at home, the decision was made that he would go alone.

“Masako is continuing treatment and while taking care of her health is making efforts to carry out as much as possible, but she still has ups and downs in her condition so that what she can do — including foreign trips — cannot be expanded quickly,” he said. “At this point, it’s difficult to judge about future foreign travel.”
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Old 06-13-2017, 04:07 PM
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There's always attachment to the previous emperor no matter how succession happens. Emperor Showa reigned for so long, many wondered about Akihito at first despite his excellent tenure as crown prince. Naruhito will be fine and I agree he'll have his father's support, the best advisor possible. It doesn't make sense to diminish the new emperor. If so, why abdicate?

Given the abdication's lengthy timeline, the CP household and her medical team should to have a transition plan for Masako. I'm trying to be optimistic but Michiko had breakdowns/stress episodes as empress so that doesn't bode well.

Now the government is looking at abdication between December 2018 and spring 2019.

Akihito likely to step down in late 2018 or the following March: The Asahi Shimbun

Urg, more delays. It's not necessary to align the abdication to fiscal or academic years or even Jan 1st. Is the government only thinking about abdication or including enthronement as well? Those two events could happen separately.
I was sure that the process would slow down. Prime Minister Abe sped it up too much. If Prime Minister Abe is forced to resign, it will not be surprising.
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:29 AM
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Yomiuri interview with Kazuhiro Takii, Hideya Kawanishi, and Midori Miyazaki on the abdication law.

Learning from the debate on abdication law - The Japan News
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Kazuhiro Takii / Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies

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The government says an abdication based on the special law would be “a possible precedent for the future.” If this is the case, we should proceed by revising the Imperial House Law. The special law may have been necessary in part to provide swift reassurances to the current Emperor, but now that we have approved one request to abdicate, it will be impossible to refuse future requests. We have to prescribe certain procedures that clarify when a request to abdicate should be approved. We should not avoid dealing with the issue by bandying about the word “precedent.”

[...] Allowing abdication amounts to an important systemic change, and we should continue to discuss it. Then we should make sure to properly include it in the Imperial House Law, which is a fundamental law.

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The ideal image of the emperor is changing with the times, and it is important to figure out what kind of emperor we need for the present era. With an eye toward the future, we must also discuss the issue of female emperors, female-line succession and female Imperial branches, and clearly codify the results of these discussions in the Imperial House Law.

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Hideya Kawanishi / Associate Professor at Kobe College

Looking back on the discussions that took place between the Emperor’s message and the enactment of the special law, participants seemed to accept that the abdication was going to happen. Understanding of the current Imperial system did not broaden.

[...]

Public opinion polls organized by various newspapers showed that the public largely supported abdication, and this support pushed the government toward enactment of the special law.

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The Heisei era (1989-) has been marked by contrasts between lifestyles of abundance, increasing inequality and a succession of natural disasters. The Emperor has directly engaged with vulnerable members of society and victims of disasters, providing support on a spiritual level. He has functioned as the glue that binds a fragmenting society and nation.

In the Showa era (1926-1989), the image of a deified Emperor remained. Now, however, people have come to morally value and feel reverence toward an Emperor who consistently behaves with integrity. Younger generations are aware of the public activities that the Emperor has increasingly engaged in during the current Heisei era, rather than his acts in matters of state, as described in the Constitution.

This style of leadership has been well received by the general public. Every five years, NHK conducts a public survey which includes a question about “feelings toward the Emperor.” It is notable that while “reverence” toward the Emperor tended to decline from the Showa era to the beginning of the Heisei era, it is now showing a gradual rise. In 2013, the percentage of respondents who selected “reverence” reached 30 percent, which was close to the percentage of people with only a “favorable impression” of the Emperor.

This trend was observed among people aged 16 to 29, as well as among those aged 30 to 59. Support for the symbolic Imperial role that we see today can be attributed to the Emperor’s relationship with society, rather than traditions of the Imperial family or succession.

In that sense, a system of “female Imperial family branches” that allows women to remain part of the Imperial family even after marriage would be in keeping with the times. In an age where men and women are said to be equal, it would be good to give female Imperial family members the choice to remain in the Imperial family. [...]

Allowing a female emperor and female-line emperor would also be a realistic way to ensure stable Imperial succession. There are people who advocate for reinstating former members of the Imperial family, a concubine system, or marriages between female members of the Imperial family and descendants of former Imperial family members. The current Imperial couple and their children married for love. If people accept the idea the problem of Imperial succession is solved through politics, it could result in a loss of public support.

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Midori Miyazaki / Dean of the Faculty of Global Studies at the Chiba University of Commerce

When I took part in discussions about abdication at a government advisory panel, I was mindful of not deviating from the general will of the public and finding a solution that closely aligned with the hearts of the people.

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It is undesirable to bind the future with the common sense and values of the present day. It is not up to us to decide the conditions of abdication that will be valid in the future. Problems in each period of time should be dealt with by seeking the best possible solution at a particular time — all we can do is to keep continuing such efforts. Based on such perspectives, I approve of the special law.

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I believe there is no need to worry about the dual authority between a joko (retired emperor) and a reigning emperor. The Emperor has fully devoted himself to his duties as the symbol of the state. The situation today is different from the past when joko exercised power after retirement or were involved in power struggles. In the first place, the Constitution prohibits an emperor from engaging in political activities, so it is impossible for an emperor to seize power.

During interviews with experts, there was an opinion expressing the view that “all the emperor should do is pray,” but this is a one-dimensional view. The emperor embodies “what Japan is” and “what the Japanese people are.” Surely not only his existence, but also his entire behavior serves as the “symbol” of the state.

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A statement to begin discussions over the establishment of female Imperial branches was included in a supplementary resolution to the special law. New efforts and ideas are needed to ensure that the Imperial line, which has continued unbroken up until now, will continue long into the future. There have been times of crisis in the past, but the Imperial line has continued because people at those times focused their intellect on solving problems they faced. It is evident that we must consider this challenge with urgency.

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Old 06-22-2017, 05:12 AM
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:20 AM
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Gov't mulls unveiling Emperor's abdication date in Sept. - The Mainichi
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The prime minister's office will make concrete adjustments over the matter with the Imperial Household Agency and other concerned parties sometime after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffles his Cabinet on Aug. 3.

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There are strong moves within the government supporting a plan to let Emperor Akihito abdicate and Crown Prince Naruhito ascend to the Imperial Throne at the end of 2018 and let the new era begin on Jan. 1, 2019. The Imperial Household Agency, meanwhile, has proposed that the Emperor step down at the end of March 2019 and the new era be started on April 1 that year in order to avoid the busy year-end and new-year season, when Imperial Family members have many events to attend.

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Emperor Akihito's abdication date may be announced in September | The Japan Times
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Originally expected to make an official announcement next summer about the timing of Emperor Akihito’s abdication and the start of the new era, the government may reveal details as early as September, informed sources said.

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Chances cannot be ruled out that the new era’s name will be released just before the abdication to avoid any objections, according to the sources.

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Old 08-09-2017, 06:43 AM
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Read more: 1 year after historic message, preparations for Emperor's abdication pick up speed - The Mainichi
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The agency is set to establish an office of the retired emperor's household to support the activities of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after his abdication. In addition, an "office of the imperial heir's household" will be established to support Prince Akishino, younger brother of Crown Prince Naruhito who will take over many of the activities from the Crown Prince as the imperial heir.

These organizations will officially be launched the day after Emperor Akihito retires. "It's easier to work out plans on these new groups, such as an increase in personnel, if the abdication date is fixed," said a high-ranking official of the agency.
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Emperor Akihito will continue performing his official duties until he steps down. However, the agency may consider having the Crown Prince take over some of his father's duties in cases where the weather and other conditions are severe.

"It's desirable to fix the abdication date at an early stage so that His Majesty can perform his duty energetically as the symbol (of the State and of the unity of the people) and the succession can be carried out smoothly," said a high-ranking official of the Imperial Household Agency.
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:16 PM
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Thanks for the update!

I am looking forward to seeing photos of the upcoming enthronement. I wonder if Emperor Hirohito's enthronement sword will be used in the ceremony. Russian Federation returned the said sword to Japan last year.
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:11 PM
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Cabinet turmoil prompts delay in dates to announce Emperor's abdication, new era | The Japan Times
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The Japanese government is considering dropping its plan to set and announce the dates of Emperor Akihito’s abdication and the start of a new era in September, informed sources said Monday.

A decision on the schedule is likely to be postponed until later this year, the sources said.

The government finds it necessary to initially focus on stabilizing the political situation following the recent slide in public approval ratings for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet, the sources said.

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Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party faces crucial triple by-elections for the House of Representatives on Oct. 22.

The government planned to convene a meeting of the Imperial House Council, a panel of Imperial family members and the heads of the Cabinet, Diet and the Supreme Court, on Sept. 4 to set the date for the Emperor’s abdication.

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A postponement in the decision may lead to a delay in the announcement of the name of a new era, as well as in preparations for the abdication, including those to set up support teams and a residence for the Emperor after he steps down.

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What will be the date of abdication? There are no news?
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Old 09-21-2017, 03:35 PM
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Not much. It depends on Prime Minister Abe's government and he may dissolve the Lower House to call for a snap election soon.

Asahi reports a decision possibly after November. There's also concern about Prince Akishino being on the Imperial Household Council as the Imperial House Law stipulates "it is not possible to participate in proceedings with special relationships with their own interests." The special law includes tripling funding for the Akishino family and moving their status to the "inner court." Either a legislator or reserve member Prince Hitachi would replace Prince Akishino on the council.

Sankei and Jiji report the IHA gave an estimated budget request for the next fiscal year in preparation for the moves, renovation, clothes, additional staff, and supplies for the abdication/enthronement ceremonies. About a 0.8% increase (148 million Yen) from the previous year to (17,583 million Yen). Some clothing and furnishings require about year to be delivered. The IHA plan to finalize the amount and new employee numbers by end of year.
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It appears the government decided on March 31, 2019 as Emperor Akihito's abdication date; CP Naruhito's enthronement as Emperor and new era begins on April 1st.

Source: Asahi

Hopefully an English version gets posted soon.
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:08 PM
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Good. The government has pushed this abdication further than the money you've got at the end of the month!
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:16 AM
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It appears the government decided on March 31, 2019 as Emperor Akihito's abdication date; CP Naruhito's enthronement as Emperor and new era begins on April 1st.

Source: Asahi

Hopefully an English version gets posted soon.
April 1st is a new fiscal year in Japan. It is an interesting coincidence.
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:31 AM
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April 1st is a new fiscal year in Japan. It is an interesting coincidence.
It might not be a coincidence. According to the rumors the initial idea was to have the start of the new year (2019) be the start of the new era. That was considered unoractical due yo all the other obligations of the court and family around that time, so this apparently is another relatively easy 'cut date' between the two eras.
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Old 10-20-2017, 01:34 PM
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article from the DailyMail on the Emperor's abdication taking place on March 31, 2019
Japan's 83-year-old emperor 'will abdicate in 18 months' | Daily Mail Online
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Emperor likely to abdicate at end of March 2019: report - Japan Today
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Japan's top government spokesman denied the Asahi report.

"We are not aware of the report and there is not such fact," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

"We will continue to discuss appropriately and will do our best to carry out the emperor's abdication smoothly," he said.[...]
Crown Prince Naruhito set to become emperor on April 1, 2019: The Asahi Shimbun
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Crown Prince Naruhito is expected to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne on April 1, 2019, according to government sources.

The final decision will be made by the government after it summons the Imperial Household Council, which comprises imperial family members, the prime minister, top Diet officials and Supreme Court justices as early as November.

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Thinking on this again, enthronement could be later. With all the rituals needed in Japan, 2 days seems fast and complicated. After March 31/April 1, I imagine Joko Emperor Akihito performing rituals and visiting the ancestors to tell them of his abdication while Emperor Naruhito does the same reporting his ascension. Then enthronement weeks/months later?
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It appears the government decided on March 31, 2019 as Emperor Akihito's abdication date; CP Naruhito's enthronement as Emperor and new era begins on April 1st. Source: Asahi
Will be so very interesting to watch this infold. A Japanese friend has explained how exceptional this is, and how concerned everyone is.
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may temporarily live in Prince Takamatsu's former home, Takanawa Imperial Residence in Minato, Tokyo after abdication. Both the Imperial Residence and Togu Palace need renovations which is expected to take several years. New Emperor Naruhito will "commute" from Togu Palace to the Imperial Palace. [Asahi]

The government is considering carrying out "the ritual of abdication of the Emperor as simple as possible without inviting guests from overseas." [NHK]
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