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Panel report favors Japan abdication

Emperor’s wish closer; only he could go

By MARI YAMAGUCHI The Associated Press

This article was published January 24, 2017 at 3:34 a.m.

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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito reads a statement to formally open the ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- A government panel studying a possible abdication of Japanese Emperor Akihito released an interim report Monday in favor of enacting legislation that would apply to him but not to future monarchs.

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