Japanese emperor akihito
End of an era as Japan's emperor abdicates
In his final speech, Akihito offered his "deepest heartfelt gratitude to the people of Japan" and said he would "pray for the peace and happiness of all the people in Japan and around the world."
Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch to take the throne under a post-war constitution that defines the emperor as a symbol of the people without political power.173 days ago
Crown Prince Naruhito will inherit a Japan vastly different from that of the start of his father's reign when the country was in the grip of an economic bubble and on the verge of a tech revolution.173 days ago
The emperor will become the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in around two centuries when he steps down from the throne on 30 April, ending his three-decade reign.290 days ago
Akihito has been cutting back on official duties, with his heir, Crown Prince Naruhito, taking his place.1168 days ago