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Emperor eyes simple abdication ceremony with no foreign guests


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In other words this will be massive

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He's tired of all the crap that goes being royal. He'd like to just leave his post and retire like a normal human being.

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Just make it next year and give me my 10 days off.


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he wants to get out of town asap. Let him

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Would have preferred to see something a bit bigger with foreign royals invited, etc.

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Would have preferred to see something a bit bigger with foreign royals invited, etc

Whatever floats your boat lol

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The Emperor is an oasis of sanity in this unnecessarily complicated, messy and drawn out abdication process. Just let him sign the document, no ceremony needed.

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Spoken like a true and honest gentleman. The guest list will be manipulated anyway by LDP with Emperor having no say. He probably wants only close family and friends at his abdication ceremony.

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I have a feeling that he would like a couple friends of the 'foreign persuasion' to attend. He just doesn't want to risk certain foreign dignitaries crashing the party.

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