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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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.