Japan’s emperor prays for peace in first abdication in 200 years

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko greet the guests as they leave from the stage after the awarding ceremony of the Midori Academic Prize Friday, April 26, 2019, in Tokyo. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future. Akihito, 85, the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries, had sought to ease the painful memories of World War Two and […]

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