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天皇明仁 Emperor Akihito

Akihito (明仁, Japanese: [akiçito]; About this soundEnglish pronunciation (help·info); born 23 December 1933) is the current Emperor of Japan. He succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne upon the death of his father Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) on 7 January 1989. According to Japan’s traditional order of succession, he is the 125th member of the world’s oldest reigning dynasty. The Japanese government announced in December 2017 that Akihito would abdicate on 30 April 2019 due to his age and declining health.