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as quoted as saying.Others, ▓including legal entities that filed a lawsuit l▓ast week at a local district court to try and scrap the "gengo" system, believe it violates the Constitution.The era name changing with each imperial succession "destroys a sense of time held by each individual and violates Article 13 of the Constitution that guarantees all of the people

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ng.Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, marking the first Japanese monarch to abdicate the t▓hrone in about 200 years.The 85-year-old emperor, Japan's 125th according to the traditional order of successi▓on, expressed his desire to step down i▓n a rare video message broadcast in 2016.During the video message he expressed his concern that owing to his a▓ge he might not be able to fulfill his official duties.A year later, the parliament passed a one-off bill enabling Empero▓r Akihito to step down.The governme▓nt ordinance on the new era name wi▓ll be promulgated as early as Monday ▓afternoon following its signing by Emperor Akihito.Please scan the QR Code to foll▓ow us on InstagramPlease scan the▓ QR Code to follow us on Wechat▓UN chief calls for "new vision" of gender equality▓, women's righ

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for "new vision" of gender equality, women's rights03-09-2019 11:24 BJTUNITED NATIONS, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Investing in women and respecting their human rights is the surest way to lift communities, companies and countries, and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday.In his remarks for the observance of International Women's Day, the▓ UN chief called for "a new vision of equality and opportunity so that half the wor▓ld's population can contribute to all the ▓world's success."Guterres said that gen▓der equality and women's rights are fundamental to addressing many global challenges like climate change and armed conflict."Re▓markable progress" on women's rights and leadership has been made in recent ▓decades, but these gains are far from consistent, and they have▓ sparked a backlash from an entrenched patriarchy,▓ said the secretary-general."Gender equal▓ity is fundamentally a question of power. We live still in