– The Cabinet of Ministers of Japan has denied reports that Emperor Akihito might give the throne to the heir at the end of March 2019, said on Friday the newspaper South China Morning Post.
“We do not know about these messages, and it does not correspond to reality. We will continue discussions and will do everything possible, to the abdication of the Emperor went well,” said the chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, Yoshihide Suga.
Previously, the newspaper “Asahi Shimbun”, citing sources in the government of Japan announced that the government was considering two options for the date of the abdication of Emperor Akihito.
According to one plan, the Emperor must abdicate by the end of March 2019, the second – at the end of December 2018. The court refused the crown Prince of Japan, Naruhito ascended the throne 1 January, as autumn and winter the Imperial family is traditionally involved in a large number of events. “Asahi Shimbun” reported that the final decision will be made in November, but the enthronement of the new Emperor is tentatively scheduled on April 1, 2019.
The Japanese Parliament in June passed a law that allows 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The Parliament adopted the document, which refers only to the incumbent. So far the abdication of the monarch in Japan was impossible. But last year, Akihito has addressed the nation, reiterating his desire to leave the throne due to old age and health.