1st Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years
06, May 2019
Prelims level : Mains level :
- Japan’s Emperor Akihito formally abdicated on 30 April 2019 in Tokyo.
- He is the country’s first monarch to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne in two centuries.
- Akihito’s reign and the Heisei era officially ended at midnight on 30 April 2019.
- Hereafter the 85-year-old will be known as Emperor Emeritus Akihito.