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Japan: Emperor Akihito Signals Retirement

Japan's Emperor Akihito made a rare public address on Monday, hinting that he'd like to retire. 

The 82-year-old Akihito would be the first Japanese emperor in recent memory to relinquish the crown and it would take a change in Japanese law to allow him to step aside. Many in the country fear that such a move would weaken the monarchy, which is seen as a counterweight to Shinzō Abe’s government. 

We talk about Akihito’s legacy and the future of the Japanese monarchy with Steve Clemons, security analyst and Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic. He cofounded the Japan Policy Research Institute with famed scholar and historian, Chalmers Johnson. 

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