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Japan's Reiwa era

Japan's new emperor takes the throne

Country awaits Naruhito's vision for Reiwa era

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako take over royal duties from the retired Akihito and Michiko.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Crown Prince Naruhito ascended to Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne at midnight Wednesday, marking the beginning of the new Reiwa era.

The new emperor succeeded his father, Akihito, who became the first emperor to abdicate since 1817. Akihito now holds the title of joko and has retired from public duties along with his wife, now Jokogo Michiko.

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