Japan emperor speech hints at desire to abdicate

In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 and provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, Japan's Emperor Akihito reads a message for recording at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 09, 2016, on page 11.




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