Japan’s emperor greets public for first time since succession

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has greeted the public for the first time since his succession, expressing hope for Japan to keep pursuing peace.

Emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his 85-year-old father, Akihito, abdicated.

From a balcony overlooking the palace ground, Emperor Naruhito on Saturday thanked thousands of well-wishers for congratulating him.

The 59-year-old new emperor is a historian who studied at Oxford. He is the first emperor born after the World War II and one who has studied overseas.

Emperors under Japan’s postwar constitution are given only a symbolic status without political power.


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