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Presumably, they feared that allowing his abdication
might appear as though the will of the emperor was contravening the laws that govern imperial succession -- thus violating the Constitution, which states that the emperor has no power over affairs of state.
This historic abdication
ceremony only lasted for ten minutes.
will be marked by a brief and relatively simple ceremony in the Imperial Palace's prestigious Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine.
ceremony, or the "Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi", was held at the State Room in the Imperial Palace here on Tuesday.
is in sync with the monarch's penchant to break with traditions.
Hours before the abdication
ceremony, many people were gathering outside the palace compound despite unseasonably wet and cold weather.
The Taiirei-Seiden-nogi, or main Ceremony of the Abdication
of His Majesty the Emperor, is expected to take place at the Matsu-no-Ma stateroom in the Imperial Palace.
In the "Room of Pine" in Tokyo's Imperial Palace, the popular 85-year-old performed the abdication
ritual in the presence of the imperial regalia -- an ancient sword and sacred jewel that are considered to legitimize an emperor.
A 10-day holiday period started in Japan on Saturday, also taking in Emperor Akihito's abdication
this coming Tuesday.
24 (Saba) - The governors of the states of Malaysia on Thursday elected Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, a governor of a state in Malaysia, as a new king of the country, following the abdication
of former King Mohammed V of the throne earlier this January.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the abdication
date shortly after a government and royal panel met to discuss the timing.
Shadow Steel Minister Gill Furniss accused the Government of "an abdication
of their responsibility to industry" by being "so unprepared for what has been a year-long looming crisis".
The IGP sought detailed reports regarding the alleged abdication
of girl from DIG East.