Japan’s next emperor, Naruhito, has named the upcoming cultural period 'Reiwa.' The designation is an important part of public life in Japan, affecting the names of everything from coins, calendars, documents and even computer software.
Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, has appeared in public for the first time since ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne. In an address, the monarch wished for world peace and happiness for the Japanese people.
Spectators have described the rare glimpse of the emperor and empress as a "historical moment." Japan's hereditary monarchy is believed to be the oldest in the world, dating back millennia.
The reign of Japan's 126th emperor, Naruhito, has begun following a series of ancient ceremonies at the Imperial Palace. He succeeded his father, who became the first emperor to abdicate in over two centuries.
With the royal family running out of male heirs, discussion in Japan has turned to rewriting laws to permit a woman to assume the throne – although traditionalists remain firmly opposed to the idea. Julian Ryall reports.
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