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Japan emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension in a series of events expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from over 180 countries

22.10.2019

Japan 's new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne in a ritual-bound ceremony, but the after-effects of a deadly typhoon will cast a shadow over proceedings.

Japan 's new Emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension in a series of events expected to be attended by foreign dignitaries from over 180 countries

But the rest of the day's ceremonies will go ahead, starting with rituals conducted behind closed doors in which Naruhito will"report" the proclamation to deities and his ancestors in the ancient royal dynasty.

Naruhito, in a ceremonial outfit dominated by a voluminous draped outer robe in brown gold – a color worn only by the emperor – will declare his enthronement from the"Takamikura" throne.

After the emperor finishes speaking, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will exclaim"banzai" ("long live the Emperor") 3 times, completing the process.

The foreign visitors will range from royalty – including Britain's Prince Charles – to government officials, such as South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Oxford-educated Naruhito faces a delicate balancing act as emperor, seeking to continue his father's legacy of bringing the monarchy closer to the people while upholding the centuries-old traditions of the Chrysanthemum Throne.

With Naruhito's ascension, his brother Akishino became crown prince. Akishino's son – 13-year-old Hisahito – is currently the only other remaining successor.

A poll released by national broadcaster NHK on the eve of the ceremony found 70% of voters in the country hold"friendly or favorable" views towards the imperial family.

Read more: Rappler

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