Japanese🇯🇵 Emperor: Akihito Begins👉 Historic Abdication, making him the first monarch to step down in 200 years

Emperor Akihito is preparing to step down from the throne, becoming the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in more than 200 years.

Tuesday’s ceremonies began with private rituals in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.

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

His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne the next day, beginning a new era.

The emperor in Japan holds no political power but serves as a national symbol.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko move to their seats inside the royal theatre at the former imperial citadel in the central city of Hue, Vietnam’s former imperial city, on March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hoang Dinh Nam/Pool

Emperor Akihito’s reign has been marked by his interactions with people suffering from disease and disaster, which have endeared him to many Japanese people.

In the first private ceremonies of the day, the emperor reported his abdication to the mythological ancestors of Japan’s imperial family.







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