Japan Emperor Akihito's Abdication
In This Photo: Taro Aso, Chikako Aso
Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso (L) and his wife Chikako (R) arrive for Emperor Naruhito's ceremony for inheriting the Imperial Regalia and Seals at the Imperial Palace on May 1, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Emperor Naruhito formally took up the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday after his 85-year-old father Akihito became the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in more than 200 years, marking the end of the three-decade Heisei era. The new imperial Reiwa era, which signifies order and harmony, began at midnight and will endure throughout 59-year-old Naruhito’s reign.
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