Japan Moves Forward on Bill to Allow Emperor Akihito to Abdicate Throne

TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 28: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend the Ceremony of awarding the MIDORI Prize at the Parliamentary Museum on April 28, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
On Friday, the Japanese cabinet approved a bill that would allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate his throne.