April 2019: Abdication of the Japanese Emperor Akihito on 30th April 2019
April 2019: Abdication of the Japanese Emperor Akihito on 30th April.
Emperor Akihito (born 23 December 1933) is the 125th Emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession. Akihito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne upon his father Emperor Showa (Hirohito)'s death on 7 January 1989.
Japanese law did not include a process for abdication or outline who would succeed Akihito as emperor in the event of his retirement. In June 2017 the Diet enacted a special law that would allow Akihito to abdicate, and on 1st December 2017, Akihito formalized his intentions. He announced that he would step down on April 30, 2019, and would pass the throne to Crown Prince Naruhito.
The Japanese government announced in December 2017 that Akihito will abdicate on 30 April 2019.