Emperor Naruhito on his way to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo: AP

Backlash against Japan imperial family rises with Emperor Naruhito ascendancy, as protests turn deadly in Tokyo

  • The succession ceremony coincided with May 1, long marked as International Workers’ Day, which brought clashes between groups opposed to the imperial family and right-wingers
  • But experts say recent incidents may not represent the emergence of a larger antimonarchical ideological because the vast majority of Japanese are fond of the royals
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Emperor Naruhito on his way to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Photo: AP
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