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In A Rare Speech, Japan's Emperor Hints At Abdicating

Abe responded shortly after the speech, saying that he will "think very seriously about what we can do" in order to ease the emperor's burden.

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.

He observed that current law permits the establishment of a regent to fill the emperor's place, but he described that as a poor substitute because "the emperor continues to be the emperor till the end of his life".

The popularity of the royal family could help the emperor's case.

He used indirect language for a good reason.

Japan's postwar constitution stipulates the emperor is a symbol of the state and shall not have powers related to government; the emperor can not issue statements that might be considered political and Akihito therefore avoided any direct reference to abdication, which some might construe as a critique of the laws governing the imperial household.

Akihito spoke obliquely - never mentioning the word abdication and stressing he is legally prevented from commenting on the imperial system - but analysts and media said his intention was clear.

In a telephone survey conducted Monday and Tuesday, 86.6 percent of the respondents said it would be better to enable abdication, which is not covered under the Imperial House Law.




Emperor Akihito made the remarks during his second-ever televised speech to the Japanese public. "I do respect the heavy responsibility the emperor must be feeling, and I believe we need to think hard about what we can do", he said.

Although considered divine a long time ago, the emperor today is defined under Japanese law as a symbol of the state and has no political power and the desire to abdicate could be seen as interfering in politics.

Is the emperor allowed to abdicate the throne?

"They have really become the people's imperial family", Cucek says.

Akihito's eldest son, 56-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito is first in line to the Chrysanthemum throne, followed by his younger brother Prince Akishino. He underwent a heart surgery operation in 2012 and was also hospitalized for prostate cancer.

FILE - In this August 15, 1945, file photo, Japanese people lower their head toward the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, as then Japan's Emperor Hirohito announces on radio that Japan was defeated in the World War II. He and his wife, Empress Michiko, frequently visit areas that have been hit by natural disasters to console victims.

Tsuchida is a former Imperial Navy sailor who fought on the island of Peleliu, in the Western Pacific, during World War II. The emperor and empress have visited the sites of World War II battlefields overseas.

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