1st Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years

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  • 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.
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