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550,000 to Be Pardoned in Japan along with Imperial Succession

550,000 to Be Pardoned in Japan along with Imperial Succession

   Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Tuesday that some 550,000 people will be granted pardon linked to Emperor Naruhito's enthronement in May this year.
   The plan, reported to a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's General Council, is expected to be approved at a cabinet meeting on Friday.
   The government has granted pardons twice, when Japan's era changed from Showa to Heisei.
   When the funeral of Emperor Hirohito, the grandfather of Emperor Naruhito and posthumously known as Emperor Showa, was held in 1989, some 10 million people received pardons.
   Pardons were granted for about 2.5 million people at the time of Emperor Emeritus Akihito's enthronement ceremony, or "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi," in 1990, after he ascended the throne in 1989.

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