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Japan Emperor Akihito abdicates throne, the first in 200 years

Akihito embraced his role as peacemaker and often represented his father on reconciliatory missions as young crown prince, decades before he became the emperor himself.

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Emperor Akihito began his abdication rituals at a Shinto shrine Tuesday morning as Japan embraces the end of his reign. Television images showed Akihito in a traditional robe entering the main Shrine of Kashikodokoro to report his retirement to the gods. (AP)

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Akihito, 85, took the throne in 1989 and devoted his career to making amends for a war fought in his father's name while bringing the aloof monarchy closer to the people. (AP)

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With his commoner-born wife, Empress Michiko, he reached out to the people, especially those who faced handicaps and discrimination, as well as those hit by disasters, illuminating the hardships of people often overlooked by society. (AP)

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Akihito embraced his role as peacemaker and often represented his father on reconciliatory missions as young crown prince, decades before he became the emperor himself. (AP)

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He won't even attend his son's succession rituals so as not to interfere with the serving emperor. (AP)

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Akihito will be known as the emperor emeritus and will no longer have official duties after he abdicates. (AP)

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Akihito is expected to enjoy his retirement with his wife Michiko. The couple will move to a temporary royal residence before eventually switching places with Naruhito. (AP)