Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Japan Has A New Emperor

BBC: Emperor Akihito: Japanese monarch declares historic abdication

Japan's Emperor Akihito has declared his abdication in a historic ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

In his last public address as emperor, Akihito handed over the symbols of power and thanked the public for their support during his 30-year reign.

The 85-year-old was given permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfil his role because of his age and declining health.

He is the first Japanese monarch to stand down in more than 200 years.

Akihito technically remained emperor until midnight (15:00 GMT on Tuesday).

His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, formally ascends the throne later on Wednesday. A new era - called Reiwa, meaning order and harmony - will begin in Japan's unique calendar.

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More News On The Abdication Of Japan's Emperor Akihito 

Emperor Akihito abdicates today, closing curtain on 30-year Heisei era -- The Mainichi
Emperor announces abdication as Japan marks end of era -- AP
Japan rings in new era as Naruhito becomes emperor -- AFP
Japan's emperor prays for peace in first abdication in 200 years -- Reuters
Emperor Akihito becomes first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years -- CNN
Emperor Akihito, Japan's 'Surprising Pacifist,' Steps Down After 30 Years -- NPR
A look back at Japanese Emperor Akihito's three-decade reign -- France 24

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