Japan's Emperor Suggests He Would Like to Abdicate

August 8, 2016 11:11 AM

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Japan's emperor expressed concern Monday about fulfilling his duties as he ages, in a public address that was remarkable for its rarity and its suggestion that he would like to abdicate.

"Fortunately I am now in good health. However, when I consider that my fitness level is gradually declining, I am worried that it may become more difficult for me to carry out my duties as the symbol of the state," Akihito, 82, said in the 10-minute recorded speech broadcast on national television.

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