Emperor Naruhito Enthroned; Reiwa Era Starts
Tokyo, May 1 (Jiji Press)--New Emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne to mark the start of Japan's new era, Reiwa, on Wednesday, following his father's abdication on the previous day.
"I will act according to the constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always turning my thoughts to the people and standing with them," the 59-year-old Emperor said in his first speech since the Imperial succession.
The first Emperor born after World War II delivered the speech during the "Sokui-go-Choken-no-Gi" ceremony, designed for him to meet the representatives of the people, at the Matsu-no-Ma state room in the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
Elsewhere in the speech, the new Emperor expressed his "heartfelt respect and appreciation of the comportment" as the symbol of the state shown by his father, former Emperor Akihito, now given the title of Emperor Emeritus.
Also giving a speech at the ceremony, on behalf of the people, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "I'd like to pray for peace in the era of Reiwa and the prosperity of the Imperial Family."
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