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JAPAN’S EMPEROR AKIHITO IS ABDICATING ON TUESDAY, MAKING WAY FOR HIS SON TO TAKE THE THRONE

Akihito, 85, announced his plan to step down due to health reasons in December 2017, marking the country’s first abdication in 200 years. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will begin his reign on May 1.

The abdication of a Japanese royal has not transpired since 1817. And while formal enthronement will not occur until October, this week’s ceremonies (the “kenji-to-shokei-no-gi”) are rooted much deeper in Japanese history. After 30 years, Akihito’s reign will officially end at midnight on Wednesday after an abdication ceremony that will last just 10 minutes. The ceremony, the first of four occurring this week, incorporates the nation’s most significant relics: Japan’s “Three Sacred Treasures,” which are the symbols of the throne.<...>

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