July 14, 2016
Emperor Of Japan Gives His Notice
It’s hard enough to give two-weeks notice at a lousy job, but Japan’s Emperor Akihito went above and beyond by giving a multi-year notice, showing desire to quit his job but agreeing to stick around for a few more years. Akihito has held the top spot for 27 years and was celebrated for distancing the monarchy from extreme nationalism in a post-World War II era. Fading health and fading interest are possible reasons for his planned departure, at which point Crown Prince Naruhito will be next in line. Abdicating the throne is an unprecedented move in modern Japan, unlike the whole “emperor” thing which is still totally modern.
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