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The last emperors: Akihito and Japan's imperial family – video explainer

Japan’s Emperor Akihito has said that his health is failing and hinted that he may abdicate. Akihito was the first member of the imperial family to marry a commoner and expressed regret for some of Japan’s actions in the second world war. But the Japanese imperial family is the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world – and no modern emperor has abdicated from the Chrysanthemum throneJapan’s Emperor Akihito says health is failing and hints at abdicationAuteur: GuardianTags: News Second world war Japan Asia Pacific Gepost: 09 augustus 2016]]>

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