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An Imperial Household Agency spokesperson said Akihito's address, via video, would be broadcast at 3:00 pm local time on Monday.
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"The emperor will express his feelings regarding his duties as a symbol" of the nation, the spokesperson said.
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Akihito, who has suffered from prostate cancer and heart problems in recent years, spoke of his growing limitations last year.
He acknowledged making unspecified "mistakes" in his duties, which range from native Shinto religious ceremonies to visiting residents in regions hit by Japan's frequent natural disasters.
Akihito's second son http://www.floridapanthersteamstore.com/adidas-derek-mackenzie-jersey , Prince Akishino, a few years ago suggested that emperors should be allowed to retire.
Kyodo News reported that the video would be uploaded on the Imperial Household Agency's website and also broadcast on television.
The possible abdication is a complicated and sensitive issue in Japan, where current law put in place after World War II making the emperor the "symbol of the state" with no provisions for one to step down. But the highly choreographed event on Monday could well set a process in motion for legal changes that would enable abdication.
According to NHK, the emperor is expected to speak for about 10 minutes.
The mass-circulation Yomiuri newspaper said last week that the government plans to set up a panel of experts to discuss revising the law governing the imperial family system as early as this autumn. The royal household is still greatly respected by most Japanese.
Akihito's father http://www.floridapanthersteamstore.com/adidas-denis-malgin-jersey , Hirohito, in whose name Japan's military campaigns of the 20th century were carried out, was treated as a living god until defeat in 1945. He died from cancer in 1989.
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