Japan's emperor to address nation amid abdication reports

Japanese Emperor Akihito will give an address via video at 3:00 pm (0600 GMT) on Monday August 8, an Imperial Household Agency spokesman saidJapanese Emperor Akihito will address the nation next week, the imperial palace said Friday, following reports that the octogenarian wants to abdicate the throne of one of the world’s oldest monarchies. An Imperial Household Agency spokesman said Akihito’s address, via video, would be broadcast at 3:00 pm (0600 GMT) on Monday. “The emperor will express his feelings regarding his duties as a symbol” of the nation, the spokesman told AFP.

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