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Tue Apr 30, 2019, 07:02 AM

Emperor Akihito becomes first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/29/asia/japan-imperial-abdication-akihito-reiwa-intl/index.html



Tokyo (CNN) Japan's Emperor Akihito formally abdicated Tuesday during a historic ceremony in Tokyo, becoming the country's first monarch to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne in two centuries.

His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, will be inaugurated as the 126th emperor Wednesday, ushering in the Reiwa era.
Akihito's reign -- and the Heisei era -- officially ends at midnight on Tuesday. Hereafter the 85-year-old will be known as Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

Akihito, along with Empress Michiko and the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, attended a short ceremony at 5 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) in the Matsu-no-Ma state room of the Imperial Palace.

Outside, throngs of well-wishers, both Japanese and visitors from overseas, waited in the rain-soaked grounds.
In a rare instance of speaking live on television, the ruler said that he had performed his duties as the emperor with a "deep sense of trust and respect" for the Japanese people.

"I consider myself most fortunate to have been able to do so," he said at the small abdication ceremony.

"I sincerely wish, together with the Empress, that the Reiwa era, which begins tomorrow, will be a stable and fruitful one."

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Best wishes to the Japanese People.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 01:53 PM

1. In a related story

Prince Charles was heard to say, "Mom, did you see this?"

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 02:33 PM

2. OK, you win the internets today. Now ...

please come over and wipe off my computer screen, because you made me spew my drink all over it!



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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 02:35 PM

3. Hey do the smart thing

like I do, and slip a baggie over your screen before even going to DU!

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 02:40 PM

4. I'm usually a pretty tough audience.

But you literally made me LOL.





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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 02:42 PM

5. Laughter is the best medicine

Feel lucky that you're not in my placebo group.

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