Japanese Emperor Akihito
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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.

The 82-year-old, who has been suffering from health problems for years, was not expected to announce explicit plans to step down adidas superstar blancas españa , as he is constitutionally barred from making political statements.

"The emperor will express his feelings regarding his duties as a symbol" of the nation, the spokesperson said.

But Japanese media, including public broadcaster NHK, have widely reported that Akihito would likely hint at his desire to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Major media said last month that Akihito expressed to close advisors that he wanted to pass the throne to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, in the next few years.

The reports came as a surprise to many in Japan where the last abdication happened in 1817 adidas superstar azules españa , nearly 200 years ago.

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, 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 adidas superstar 80s españa , 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, 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.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (R) meets with International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol in Beijing, capital of China adidas superstar 2 mujer españa , Dec. 8, 2017. (XinhuaWang Ye)

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- China hopes to work with the International Energy Agency (IEA) on energy cooperation, said Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli Friday.

Zhang made the remarks when meeting with IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol in Beijing.

"As the largest energy producer and consumer in the world, China attaches great importance to the development of energy transformation," Zhang said.

Zhang briefed Birol on the outcomes of 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

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Birol said China had played an important role in encouraging the green and low-carbon transition of global energy.

The IEA hopes to strengthen all-round cooperation with China, so as to jointly promote global energy development and transformation, he said.


DUBLIN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Credit rating agency Fitch said on Monday that the European Commission's Apple tax ruling has "mixed implications" for the country's sovereign credit profile.

In a statement, Fitch said the ruling could result in a substantial one-off improvement to Ireland's fiscal position, but may also add to medium-term economic uncertainty and increase political risks.

On Aug. 30 www.superstarespana.es , the European Commission said Apple should pay up to 13 billion euros (about 14.5 billion U.S. dollars) in taxes, plus interest, to the Irish government, because Apple's tax arrangements enabled it to pay less than other companies and were illegal under EU state aid rules.

Both the Irish government and Apple have said they will appeal the decision, a process that could take several years. The European Commission has said the amount could fall, depending on developments in other jurisdictions.

"If upheld adidas superstar españa baratas , the European Commission's ruling would represent a substantial one-off fiscal windfall for Ireland," Fitch said.

"Excluding interest, the payment to the Irish government could amount to around 5.1 percent of 2015 GDP. If used to pay down debt andor reduce borrowing rather than spent, this would accelerate the improvement in public debt dynamics that has been driven by fiscal consolidation and robust nominal growth," it said.

The credit rating agency predicted Ireland's gross general government debt will fall to 63.7 percent of GDP in 2020, down from 78.7 percent in 2015.

"These do not factor in any impact from the Apple ruling but do incorporate the large upward revision to 2015 growth announced in July adidas superstar españa , mainly related to the reassessment of intangible assets of re-domiciled Irish companies and contract manufacturing," it said.

It also said any such benefit would be "partly offset by increased uncertainty over Ireland's attraction to global b.