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Japan's Reiwa era

Prince's parade and class of 1993: The reshaping of Japan's politics

Upheaval helped bond Abe and other lawmakers first elected in peculiar year

Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife, Masako, during a wedding parade in June 1993.

TOKYO -- The enthronement parade for Emperor Naruhito, set for next month, will be an opportunity for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the early days of his political career.

Japan also held a parade honoring Naruhito in June 1993, to celebrate the then-crown prince's marriage to Masako Owada. The beaming couple -- Naruhito and Masako, smiling and crowned with a tiara -- made a powerful impression.

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