Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito, accompanied by his wife, Empress Masako, makes his first address after succeeding his father Akihito. Photo: AP

Japan has a new emperor and a new era – but can the royal family move past old, patriarchal traditions?

  • Former emperor Akihito stood up to royal household a number of times over the years, and new Emperor Naruhito may bring about institutional change of his own
  • Rules binding Japanese royal family don’t just mean they avoid celebrity status; they also make the likes of female succession a thorny issue
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Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito, accompanied by his wife, Empress Masako, makes his first address after succeeding his father Akihito. Photo: AP
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