Japan celebrates as new emperor Naruhito set to formally assume throne

Japan celebrates as new emperor Naruhito set to formally assume throne
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  • calendar-gray 01 May 2019

New Japanese emperor Naruhito, known as an earnest man with a passion for water conservation, is set to formally take up the post on Wednesday, a day after his father gave up the throne in the country’s first abdication in two centuries, APAreports quoting Reuters.

Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down on Tuesday after three decades as the nation’s top royals in a brief, simple ceremony, with Akihito thanking the people of Japan and saying he prayed for peace.

Naruhito, 59, technically succeeded his father just as Tuesday became Wednesday but his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne will be formalized in a mid-morning ceremony, the first part of which his wife and other female royals will not be able to attend.

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