Japan's Emperor Akihito will end his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he hands over power to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. It will be the first time in 200 years that a Japanese monarch has abdicated.
Emperor Akihito has abdicated the throne and wished success to his son Naruhito. He thanked Japan's people for their support and expressed wishes for Naruhito's reign to be "a stable and fruitful one."
As a new imperial era begins in Japan, Emperor Akihito has left behind a legacy of modernity and compassion. During his 30-year reign, he defied monarchial norms, drawing both criticism and praise.
The "Heisei" imperial era will end on April 30 when Emperor Akihito steps down. Japan's government says the imperial era associated with his successor will be known as "Reiwa."
Japan's newly crowned emperor, Naruhito, has said he wants to continue the work of his father in bringing the monarchy closer to the people. But he faces personal and public challenges. Martin Fritz reports.
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