Emperor Performs 1st Palace Ritual after Enthronement

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Tokyo, May 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan's new Emperor Naruhito on Wednesday performed his first sacred ritual in the Imperial Palace after he ascended the throne May 1.

In the "Kijitsu-Hokoku-no-Gi" ritual at the Imperial Sanctuaries, Emperor Naruhito reported to his ancestors the dates of key Imperial succession-related events slated for autumn.

The day's ceremony was also attended by Empress Masako and other members of the Imperial Family, including Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, as well as by the heads of the three branches of government, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and local government representatives.

Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne the day after his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, abdicated April 30.

In the ritual, Emperor Naruhito appeared at Kashikodokoro, one of the sanctuaries, which enshrines sun goddess Amaterasu-Omikami, the Imperial Family's ancestral deity, shortly past 10:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. GMT).

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