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Emperor and Imperial Family of Japan – What you need to know about the world’s oldest dynasty

Emperor Akihito of Japan will step down from the throne in April, 2019 after almost 30 years of being on the throne. He will be the first Emperor in 200 years to step down while being still alive. So, it made a headline when he announced it in August 2016. Emperor Akihito was the first emperor to assume the throne as a “symbol of Japan” under the Constitution of Japan which went into effect in 1947 after the World War II. What is the role of Imperial Family in Japan and what is the history behind it? The World’s Oldest Monarchy The Imperial Family of Japan is considered to be [...]