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Ten-day holiday period in Japan as emperor is set to abdicate

Ten-day holiday period in Japan as emperor is set to abdicate

A 10-day holiday period started in Japan on Saturday, also taking in Emperor Akihito's abdication this coming Tuesday.

Huge crowds cheer Japanese emperor on 83rd birthday

Huge crowds cheer Japanese emperor on 83rd birthday

The biggest crowds of his nearly three-decade reign thronged Japan's Imperial Palace on Friday to celebrate Emperor Akihito's 83rd birthday on what could be his last such appearance after expressing his desire to abdicate.