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 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
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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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