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Japanese government still torn on abdication timing

Scheduling conflicts remain unresolved a year after emperor's message

Emperor Akihito released a rare video message Aug. 8, 2016, hinting at a desire to step down.   © (Courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency)

TOKYO -- A year after Emperor Akihito publicly hinted at a desire to step down, the government is still working out not only the timing of the abdication, but also when it will be announced -- tricky questions that require juggling competing considerations.

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