Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, delivers an abdication speech. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s Emperor Akihito abdicates throne as era ends and a nation pays tribute

  • Akihito’s reign runs until midnight when his son Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor and his era begins
  • Naruhito will assume the title of ‘tenno’ or ‘heavenly sovereign’ as the Heisei Era gives way to the Reiwa Era
Topic |   Japan
Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, delivers an abdication speech. Photo: Reuters
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