Summary: Tokyo [Japan], Apr 30 (ANI): Fondly referred to as the "people's emperor," Japan's Emperor Akihito participated in his abdication ceremony on Tuesday, making way for his 59-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito
, to take over the Chrysanthemum throne as Japan's 126th Emperor from Wednesday.
His son, Crown Prince Naruhito
, will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne the next day, beginning a new era.
His eldest son, Prince Naruhito
, 59, will ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1.
This marks the end of the Heisei period, and will precipitate numerous festivities leading up to the accession of his successor Crown Prince Naruhito
and the inception of the Reiwa period.
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito
, second from left, and Crown Princess Masako, left, Japan's Emperor Akihito, and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers from a balcony during a New Year's public appearance at Imperial Palace in Tokyo in Jan 2014.
Crown Prince Naruhito
, 59, Akihito's oldest son, will ascend the throne on May 1 and inherit traditional regalia such as the sacred sword and jewels as proof of succession.
Japan's Emperor Akihito (3rd L) waves during his birthday public appearance with other members of the Imperial family, including Crown Princess Masako (L), Crown Prince Naruhito
(2nd L), (4th L to R) Empress Michiko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2018.
Crown Prince Naruhito
is due to succeed the emperor on May 1.
Japan is celebrating the last state birthday of Emperor Akihito as the crown prince Naruhito
will succeed him in May 2019.
"Crown Prince Naruhito
, our next emperor, visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the first time in 1994 with the Crown Princess."
Tokyo, Nov.26 (Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II, in presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday met with Japan's Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito
and his wife Princess Masako.
Nine participants in JICAs Knowledge Co-Creation Program National Government Administration for Senior Officials were granted an audience with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito
at the Crown Princes Palace on Oct.