İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- 11.06.2017- Japanese Parliament passed a law to allow Emperor Akihito’s decision to leave the office is approved by the Parliament.
Actually, as withdrawal of an emperor is not an expected thing, there were no regulations for it. Officers had concerns about a constitutional crisis. It is reported that the law would only affect Emperor Akihito.
In last summer, Emperor Akihito said that he desired to leave the throne due to age and health concerns after nearly three decades on the throne. He was previously treated for prostate cancer and had heart surgery. Prince Naruhito is next in line.
It is not determined that when will Akihito quit but it is expected that the emperor will make way for his successor by the end of 2018.
It will be the first in Japan in over 200 years.