Japan Emperor Akihito holds rituals ahead of abdication ceremoy at Tokyo palace

Japan's Emperor Akihito walked down a corridor dressed in traditional robes on Tuesday for a ritual ahead of his abdication. The ritual called "Taiirei-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omae-no-gi" a ceremony for the Emperor to report the conduct of the abdication ceremony started at 10 am local time (0100GMT), local media reported.