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Japan’s emperor bows out

“He served with his heart,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a short but solemn ceremony announcing the abdication of Emperor Akihito on Tuesday afternoon. The austere ceremony took place in the Imperial Palace’s elegant Pine Chamber, known for its gleaming, highly polished wood floor. About 300 dignitaries, led by Abe, and members of […]

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