WORLD Naruhito becomes emperor of Japan, new 'Reiwa' era begins

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Naruhito becomes emperor of Japan, new 'Reiwa' era begins

AFP

23:20, April 30, 2019

Naruhito became Japan's new emperor at the stroke of midnight Wednesday, taking over the head of the world's oldest monarchy after his father Akihito's historic abdication.

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An aerial photo of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: VCG)

Japan also kicks off the new imperial era of "Reiwa", meaning "beautiful harmony", that will endure as long as the 59-year-old Naruhito sits on the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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