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The Chrysanthemum Throne

Photographer: various


After 30 years of reign, Emperor Akihito is to abdicate on 30 April and his son, Crown Prince Naruhito will officially access to the throne on 01 May 2019. The 85-year-old emperor is the first to resign in about two centuries after he ascended the throne on 07 January 1989, following the death of his father Emperor Hirohito. Over the 30 years of Akihito’s reign in the era named ‘Heisei’, Japan was struck by numerous natural disasters and the Imperial couple have been a support to the people affected. The new era ‘Reiwa’ will start on 01 May with the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito.