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Japan's Reiwa era

Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaims enthronement

Carrie Lam, Wang Qishan and Aung San Suu Kyi among guests in ceremony

Japan's Emperor Naruhito at his enthronement ceremony in Tokyo on Oct. 22. (Pool photo)

TOKYO -- Japan's Emperor Naruhito formally proclaimed his accession to the throne on Tuesday as 2,000 guests from 180 countries and international organizations attended the ceremony, taking the latest step in the Imperial transition from his father.

"I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them," Emperor Naruhito said in his proclamation.

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