The Japan Times:Calls for spring 2019 Emperor abdication growing within agency13 August 2017 | 17:59 | FOCUS News Agency
The idea differs with a plan calling for the abdication to take place at the end of 2018 when the calendar changes, something the government is believed to be considering.
Agency officials are concerned that the New Year period is crowded with ceremonies and other events performed by the Imperial family.
In addition, on Jan. 7, 2019, the 30th anniversary of Emperor Hirohito’s death, a related event will be held at the former emperor’s grave in western Tokyo.
In spring 2019, some festivals will be held as in other years but there are fewer events than in the year-end and New Year’s period.
“Spring, the school graduation period, would be more appropriate a time to look back on the Heisei era and to celebrate the start of the new era than the busy time around the turn of the year,” an official close to the Imperial Household Agency said.
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