The Japanese Akihito strongly that he wanted to step down,
saying he feared old make it difficult to perform his duties.
The remarks came from 82-year-old respected in
all TV broadcast the second of its kind to address to the audience.
Akihito did not explicitly say that
he wanted to give up as it is to prevent them from making political statements.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will take the comments were “very seriously”
and discuss what can be done.
“When reflecting how he is dealing with an official mission to him and so on,
old and the current situation is how it works, and I do not respect the heavy responsibility of the emperor must feel,
and I think we need to think carefully about what we can do,” he said.
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It was Akihito, who underwent heart surgery and was treated for prostate cancer, on the throne in Japan since the death of his father, Hirohito, in 1989.
He said in his speech after the 10-minute pre-recorded message that he was “reflecting” on his years as emperor,
and thinking about his position in the coming years.
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