Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo: EPA

Japan’s Emperor Akihito abdicates, and Crown Prince Naruhito takes the throne

  • After more than 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne, Japan’s emperor will on April 30 abdicate for his son to take over a hereditary monarchy that has continuously lasted for centuries.
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Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo: EPA
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Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito. Photo: AFP

Japanese emperor abdicates: what to expect from Naruhito in the new Reiwa era

  • Japan’s crown prince will on May 1 transition to become emperor, a role for which he has been groomed since his birth 59 years ago
  • He will draw from his father’s experience and popularity, but the Oxford-educated royal is expected to have his own opinions and style of rule
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Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito. Photo: AFP
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