Naruhito set to take Japan’s throne as Emperor Akihito abdicates | 2019-05-01

Naruhito set to take Japan’s throne as Emperor Akihito abdicates

1 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Naruhito set to take Japan’s throne as Emperor Akihito abdicates

TOKYO: Emperor Akihito of Japan formally stepped down on Tuesday, the first abdication for 200 years in the world’s oldest monarchy, as his son Naruhito prepared to take the Chrysanthemum Throne and usher in a new imperial era, reports AFP.

In the “Room of Pine” in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, the popular 85-year-old performed the abdication ritual in the presence of the imperial regalia—an ancient sword and sacred jewel.

On Wednesday, the 59-year-old Naruhito will inherit the imperial regalia in a 10-minute ceremony that is off-limits to female royals, even his wife Masako. He will shortly afterwards make his first address to the nation as its 126th emperor.


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