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
Topic |   Japan

TOP PICKS

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony after his accession to the throne. Photo: Reuters
READ FULL ARTICLE
Emperor Naruhito (right) inherits the imperial regalia. Photo: AFP

A sword, a jewel and a mirror: what are Japan’s Sacred Treasures handed over to Emperor Naruhito?

  • Together, these three items represent the valour, wisdom and benevolence that the emperor displays towards his people
  • No one other than the emperor and the most senior priests of the Shinto religion have ever seen them
Topic |   Royalty

TOP PICKS

Emperor Naruhito (right) inherits the imperial regalia. Photo: AFP
READ FULL ARTICLE