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Emperor greets cheering crowd at palace for new year

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By Yuri Kageyama

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Hang in there, Your Highness! One year and four months to go!

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Abdication?

Why not a equitable transition?  

For Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko sacrifice and commitment to duty...

A dignified withdrawal from public life.

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Masako's not producing a son is widely believed to be related to her stress-related problems.

It is widely believed to be related to her refusal to treatments which even commoners take nowaday.

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Happy New year to you as well your Majesty!

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Emperors have rarely abdicated in Japan, the last time being 200 years ago.

Just because it's been 200 years since the last one doesn't make it rare. It used to be common practice.

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I think it's awfully sad that Mako won't be able to stand with her family, next New Year's Day. She's still a member of the family, and they let archaic bureaucratic nonsense interfere with her and her family's lives. Compare that to the UK's royal family. Not that I'm a fan of royalty, but there's something wrong when Japan's has no control of its family matters.

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 there's something wrong when Japan's has no control of its family matters.

Japan's royal family has the longest history in the world.  Don't fix it when not broken.

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Japan's royal family has the longest history in the world.

The current emperor has always expressed affinity with Korea because of his Korean forefathers. Perhaps that gives a dateline of immigration from the Korean peninsula.

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that gives a dateline of immigration from the Korean peninsula

Not sure what you mean by 'a dateline of immigration'. The current Emperor acknowledged his Korean bloodline when he mentioned to reporters during a birthday press conference that 'the mother of Emperor Kammu was of the line of King Muryong of Paekche'. Emperor Kammu reigned from 781 to 806 AD, which I suppose gives a 'timeline'.... but one 10th-generation Korean consort (out of the five enjoyed by Kammu's father) hardly qualifies as a wave of immigration from the Korean peninsula.

Not to say that there never was immigration from Korea....but the marriage habits of the Imperial House are something different.

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