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Japanese emperor eyes ending reign: local media

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-07-14 09:15

Japanese emperor eyes ending reign: local media

Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers who gathered at the Imperial Palace to mark his 82nd birthday in Tokyo, Japan, December 23, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - Japanese Emperor Akihito has expressed his intention to end his reign in coming years, said public broadcaster NHK, quoting a government source.

The 82-year-old emperor, who has reigned for over 27 years, has expressed his hope to the Imperial Household Agency.

His 56-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito, is expected to succeed to the throne, said NHK.

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