Tokyo, December 6: In 2019 Japan will see the abdication of an emperor after 200 years. The country will welcome Prince Naruhito's succession to the throne on May 1, 2019. To celebrate the crowning of the Prince smoothly, Japan govt is planning for a consecutive 10 days off.
Japan will experience first Imperial abdication in about 200 years in 2019. The date has been set 30th April 2019 for Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The emperor will step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne beginning a new era, which is yet unnamed. Akihito's elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed him.
The abdication created controversy across the country. As per the 1947 Imperial House Law, an old rule, abdication was not allowed. The last abdication was back in 1817. Emperor Akihito in a video message in last year expressed his concern over his declining fitness and continuation of duty. After the video went viral, it was interpreted as his wish to step down but then abdication was not allowed.