Diet chiefs propose special abdication law

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The heads of both chambers of the Diet jointly put forward a draft proposal to create a special law to allow the Emperor to step down, at a meeting with representatives from political parties on the abdication issue on Wednesday.

The proposal backs a one-off abdication law that would apply to the 83-year-old Emperor only, while calling for the temporary law to be based on a new Imperial House Law supplementary clause that would stipulate the unity of both laws.

The top Diet officials plan to submit the Diet’s recommendation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, after obtaining the consent of all parties.

Based on the proposal, the government will draw up a related bill for submission to the Diet after the Golden Week holiday period from late April to early May, hoping to see it enacted during the ongoing Diet session, which is currently scheduled to end on June 18.Speech

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