Post by MadameConcorde on Dec 24, 2018 13:17:08 GMT -5
Emperor Akihito turns 85
Japan's Emperor Akihito turned 85 on Sunday.
Before his birthday, he spoke to reporters. As he is scheduled to abdicate next year, this was his last news conference as the Emperor.
The Emperor talked about the years he has spent serving as the symbol of the State. He also touched on his upcoming abdication. The Emperor said that, since ascending to the throne, he has spent his days searching for what should be the role of the Emperor who is designated to be the symbol of the State by the Constitution of Japan. He said he intends to carry out his duties in that capacity and he shall continue to contemplate this question as he performs his day-to-day duties until the day of his abdication.