- Mar 4, 2012
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Japan's Emperor Akihito, 82, Reportedly Considering Retiring - ABC News
Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to retire and relinquish his title in the next few years, rather than reduce his duties as he ages, the country's public television reported Wednesday.
The 82-year-old Akihito in recent years has referred to his old age and admitted to making small mistakes at ceremonies, and the Imperial Household Agency has suggested reducing his duties, while giving more responsibility to Crown Prince Naruhito.
The NHK report, citing unidentified agency sources, said Akihito has told palace officials that he doesn't wish to cling to his title with drastically reduced responsibility or by arranging a substitute. Kyodo News agency carried a similar report quoting government officials.
Came across this interesting story recently, and a quote from the Japanese prince thinking about the point of the royal family. His thought was that their purpose is just to exist, and they could complete their duties by simply eating and sleeping.
This got me to wondering whether at some point the royalty could come to an end, and how. And really, why hasnt it? Do the Japanese care whether they have a emperor or not? How would they transition it? Would the family simply move to a private house, and the country could turn their office into history?
As an american, I of course reject nobility, and have always found its ceremonial existence perplexing.
Another interesting take - What Role Japan's Imperial Family? | The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus