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Formal investiture ceremony starts for new Japanese Emperor Naruhito

1 May 2019 - 87   - 0

TOKYO (Reuters) - The formal investiture ceremony for new Japanese Emperor Naruhito began on Wednesday, marking the first time in over 200 years that an emperor has acceded to the throne following an abdication.

Former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stepped down on Tuesday after three decades as the nation’s top royals in a brief, simple ceremony, with Akihito thanking the people of Japan and saying he prayed for peace.

The first part of Wednesday’s ceremony was watched by a small group that did not include Empress Masako, Naruhito’s wife, since female royals are not permitted to take part.

Naruhito, 59, is the first Japanese emperor born after World War Two, the first to graduate from university and the first to spend an extended time studying overseas.

Empress Masako, 55, was a career diplomat before marrying him in 1993.

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