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Emperor Akihito of Japan by willingly relinquishing his monarch made unprecedented historical decision

Emperor Akihito of Japan by willingly relinquishing his monarch made unprecedented historical decision
May 05
10:12 2019

In a farewell address to the departing emperor, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that Japan had faced numerous challenges during Akihito’s reign.

Whole world has applaused the decision of Emperor Akihito

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Chrysanthemum Throne, Emperor Akihito, 85 yrs. of Japan due to his aging and health factor on Tuesday 30th April willingly relinquish the throne and became Japan’s first monarch in more than two centuries to abdicate, passing the symbolic role to his eldest son Naruhito, 59, in a brief, unadorned ceremony at the Imperial Palace.

Akihito, 85, the son of the wartime emperor Hirohito, hand over the throne to Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, who received the sacred imperial regalia in a ceremony on 01st May Wednesday morning.

The decision to abdicate was ultimately had to wait for three years after Emperor Akihito, 85, expressed his desire to step down. The abdication was allowed ultimately after passing a special act in 2017 in the Parliament which became a law. Now the law applies only to Emperor Akihito and not to any future emperors.

A crowd of nearly 300 politicians, Supreme Court judges and their spouses sat watching the proceedings, in which palace chamberlains placed an imperial sword, jewels and seals, all wrapped in silk cloth, on Japanese cypress benches flanking the stage.

Akihito wore a topcoat and tails with a silver tie, and Michiko wore a floor-length silver-white gown with white gloves.

In his brief address inside a state room at the palace, in central Tokyo.

Whole world has applaused the decision of Emperor Akihito

Akihito said that “Since ascending the throne 30 years ago, I have performed my duties as the emperor with a deep sense of trust in and respect for the people, and I consider myself most fortunate to have been able to do so.

The emperor, once regarded as a demigod, is now an entirely symbolic figure in Japan. Akihito, along with his wife, Empress Michiko, have been hugely popular among the Japanese as they have sought to bring the monarchy much closer to the people.

Akihito and Michiko traveled across Japan, and were a consoling presence particularly after disasters. They visited the Kobe region after the 1995 earthquake that killed close to 6,500 people, kneeling before survivors in a break with tradition.

In a farewell address to the departing emperor, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that Japan had faced numerous challenges during Akihito’s reign.

“In such cases, His Majesty the Emperor, together with Her Majesty the Empress, have stood close to the people, and encouraged the victims of disasters,” he said. “He gave people courage and hope for the future.”

Outside the palace, a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered to commemorate the abdication and perhaps catch a glimpse of the retiring emperor.

With Akihito’s abdication, he becomes known as the Heisei emperor, after the name given to the era in which he reigned. Imperial custom dictates that the reign of each emperor is accompanied by a name for his term in power. The new era, known as Reiwa, begins on Wednesday 01st May.

Anticipating Crown Prince Naruhito’s ascension, some visitors to the palace grounds said they hoped that his wife, Masako, could help nudge Japan closer to gender equality. Before marrying Naruhito, the princess was a diplomat in the country’s Foreign Ministry.

Now the Japanese people celebrating the handover from 01st May to 10th May.

The Golden Week break – Japan’s annual spring holiday – has been extended to a record 10 days to mark the occasion.

Whole world has applaused the decision of Emperor Akihito

When Emperor Akihito succeeded his late father, the country was in mourning, but this time people will be going on holidays, to cinemas, or staying at home to watch the events on TV.

Many said they would miss the departing emperor, who will now hold the title “Joko”, which means “grand emperor” or “Emperor Emeritus”.

 

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