JAPANESE EMPEROR MAKES RARE SPEECH
Emperor of Japan Akihito is worried about his health. The leader of Japan is turning 83 years old in December and worries that his health is declining. The announcement, which came in the form of a rare speech on television, touched on the subject of Akihito’s worsening health and his plea to Japanese legislators to change the laws in order to allow him to step down. In Japanese law, an emperor must serve till death, but a regent can serve in place of him if his health is bad. In this case, Crown Prince Naruhito would be the regent for Akihito.