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Japan's new emperor puts his imprimatur on diversity

The problem of a shrinking royal family requires immediate attention

Emperor Naruhito waves to well-wishers as he enters the Imperial Palace, in Tokyo, on May 1. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Perfectly timed with the emergence of fresh green leaves in Japan, the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito and start of the new Imperial era Reiwa have created a festive mood across the country.

The succession of the Chrysanthemum Throne through the first Imperial abdication since 1817 offers a good opportunity for the Japanese people to reflect on their ideals when it comes to what they expect from the emperor and the Imperial family.

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