Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony after his accession to the throne. Photo: Reuters
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony after his accession to the throne. Photo: Reuters
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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito pledges to be ‘symbol of unity’ after ascending Chrysanthemum Throne to begin new Reiwa era

  • Former Emperor Akihito, 85, stepped down midnight on Tuesday, bringing an end to the Heisei era spanning his 30-year reign
  • The public will have to wait until Saturday to greet the new emperor and his wife, Empress Masako, when they make their first public appearances

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony after his accession to the throne. Photo: Reuters
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony after his accession to the throne. Photo: Reuters
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