Japan's Emperor Hints At Wanting To Abdicate ... But He Can't Say It
Emperor Akihito made the remarks during his second-ever televised speech to the Japanese public.By Ryan Biek | August 8, 2016
In only his second-ever televised speech to the public, Japan's emperor strongly hinted at a desire to leave the throne.
Akihito became emperor in 1989. The 82-year-old said Monday, "When I consider that my fitness level is gradually declining, I am worried that it may become difficult for me to carry out my duties as the symbol of the state with my whole being."
While the emperor says he's healthy now, he's had prostate cancer and heart issues in the past.