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Emperor Naruhito continues search for role as symbol of nation

One year into Reiwa era, Japan's monarch follows 'walk with people' stance

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave to well-wishers during a parade to celebrate his enthronement in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward in November 2019. (Photo by Masayuki Terasawa)

TOKYO -- One year has passed since the dawn of the Reiwa era in Japan, when Emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, 2019.

Since that time, Emperor Naruhito has inherited former Emperor Akihito's consistent approach of "walking together with the people," as exemplified by his visits to typhoon-hit areas to encourage affected residents.

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