What the change of emperor means for Japan

ON APRIL 30TH Emperor Akihito (pictured, right) will step down as the head of Japans royal family after 30 years on the throne. The 85-year-old monarchs decision came as a shock, as it is the first imperial abdication since 1817. Akihitos eldest son, Crown Pr…

ON APRIL 30TH Emperor Akihito (pictured, right) will step down as the head of Japans royal family after 30 years on the throne. The 85-year-old monarchs decision came as a shock, as it is the first imperial abdication since 1817. Akihitos eldest son, Crown Pr…
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