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    Japan's Abe Calls Adoption of Law on Emperor's Abdication a Historic Moment

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    The adoption by the upper house of the Japanese Parliament of a law on the abdication of country's Emperor Akihito is an important moment for the country's history, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the House of Councillors adopted the law proposed by the country's government on Akihito's abdication.

    "Once again, I want to thank all the parties for cooperation in consideration and adoption of a special law. The abdication of the incumbent emperor would take place for the first time in 200 years. That's why, the moment is connected with a long history, as well as with future," Abe told reporters.

    The Japanese prime minister added that the country's authorities would move to implementation of the law.

    In May, Japan's government allowed the emperor to abdicate citing old age and declining health in favor of Crown Prince Naruhito. In June, the two houses of the country's parliament, backed the proposal of the government.

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