The law, designed specially for the current emperor, would allow Emperor Akihito to be the first Japanese emperor that relinquishes the throne in around 200 years.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the timing of what will be the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in around two centuries.
After the emperor abdicates, his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne on May 1, 2019.
"I feel deep emotion that today, the opinion of the Imperial Household Council was smoothly decided and a big step was taken toward the imperial succession". According to the Japanese Constitution, the emperor has a merely ceremonial role, being a symbol of the nation and of national unity.
A special panel will discuss possible dates on Friday, with the cabinet to make a final decision.
The 83-year-old monarch took over the throne following his father Emperor Hirohito's death.
TOKYO: Emperor Akihito will hand over all public duties to his heir after retiring in what will be Japan's first abdication in almost two centuries, the monarch's younger son said, responding to worries a former emperor might weaken his successor's status.
In the past year, 83-year-old Emperor said that his age and health condition was the reason that it is hard to carry out their duties.
In Tokyo and across the country the announcement made jaws drop, prompting special editions of newspapers and dominating television and radio bulletins.
In 1992, he became the first Japanese monarch in living memory to visit China, where bitter memories of the war run deep.
European stock markets headed south, despite stronger than expected PMI readings out of the Eurozone and the U.K. The findings add to evidence that a recovery in Asia's third-largest economy is on track.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort reached a bail agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. The other three properties are a condo that Manafort owns in Virginia, along with homes in Florida and the Hamptons.
The last game of the group will be against two-time World champions Argentina at the St Petersburg Stadium on June 26. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson is excited about a "romantic" World Cup debut against Lionel Messi and Argentina .
It's learnt that the panel chose to give the director "at least two weeks" before deciding on whether to call him again. Some panel members said it seemed that Bhansali's movies tend to target communities, thus triggering social tension.
The hotel is functional and a long way from the previous high-end establishments the England players will be used to. You're never quite sure how many points you need for that and there will be ups and downs along the way I'm sure.
The police evacuated and cordoned off the immediate area and said they're still assessing the contents of the defused package. The police said earlier on Twitter that "the suspicion of an improvised explosive device has been confirmed ".
McLaughlin, who plays Lucas, opened up about the series while attending the American Music Awards in L.A. on November 19. But it's still great to have the next season set in stone, even if we know very little about where it's headed.
Environmental Protection Agency announced its 2018 renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the final numbers "fall short of the full potential of the USA biofuels industry".
Authorities said the gunmen had been killed and security forces had cleared the area after searching for remaining militants . Peshawar , close to the Afghan border, has seen some of the worst violence during the Taliban insurgency in recent years.