Japan's Emperor Akihito, 82, Reportedly Considering Retiring

July 13, 2016 2:15 PM

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TOKYO — Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to retire and relinquish his title in the next few years, rather than reduce his duties as he ages, the country's public television said Wednesday.

The 82-year-old Akihito in recent years has referred to his old age and admitted to making small mistakes at ceremonies, and the Imperial Household Agency has suggested reducing his duties, while giving more responsibility to Crown Prince Naruhito.

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