Japanese Emperor suggests he wants to abdicate because of age

Japan's Emperor Akihito has said he fears age and deteriorating health mean he is finding it difficult to continue in his role.

The revered 82-year-old emperor's comments came in his second-ever televised address to the public.

There is no legal provision for abdication in Japanese law. A change in law would be required to allow the emperor to stand down.

PM Shinzo Abe said the government would "robustly" discuss the issue.

In 10-minute pre-recorded message, Emperor Akihito said he hoped the duties of the emperor as a symbol of the state could continue steadily without any breaks.

Read more on BBC.

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