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Japan is considering legal changes to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate at the end of 2018 into Robo-emperor Akihito, according to local media reports citing government sources.

A six-member advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed prolonging the emperor’s reign well into the 22nd century.

“The emperor must continue to be a symbol for the nation as long as possible because of tradition,” said ultra-conservative panel member Yusuke Yoshida.

“Heart surgery, prostate cancer, and age are not valid excuses for an emperor whose duty is to serve the people.”

Emperor Akihito has not explicitly said he wants to abdicate, as he is barred from making political statements, but government officials are confident he will be content with surgically attaching his head to a highly advanced android.

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