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Japan`s emperor says may be `difficult` to fulfil duties

Japan`s emperor says may be `difficult` to fulfil duties

Japanese Emperor Akihito said on Monday he is concerned his weakening health may make it hard to fulfil his duties, in a speech seen as signalling a possible future abdication.

Japan emperor intends to step down in coming years: NHK

Japanese Emperor Akihito intends to step down in coming years, public broadcaster NHK said on Wednesday, a step unprecedented in modern Japan.

Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Japan paused on Friday to mark five years since an offshore earthquake spawned a monster tsunami that left about 18,500 people dead or missing along its northeastern coast and sparked the worst nuclear disaster in a quarter century.