Symbolic Japanese leader Naruhito formally proclaimed his enthronement as Emperor of Japan earlier this week. In a ritual-bound ceremony that hosted hundreds of guests and well-wishers, the Emperor finally claimed his throne.
Naruhito stood with his wife, the Empress Masako, as they faced the Japanese people during the ceremony.
In a prepared speech, Naruhito stated that:
“I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them. I sincerely hope that our country, through our people’s wisdom and unceasing efforts, achieves further development and contributes to the friendship and peace of the international community and the welfare and prosperity of humankind.”
As Naruhito ended his speech, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proclaimed “Long live the Emperor!” which formally signified his reign.
Naruhito rose to the throne earlier than expected
Actually, Emperor Naruhito rose to the Chrysanthemum Throne rather early. At least as far as Emperors assume the throne. Apparently, his father, the Emperor Akihito became the first emperor in more than two centuries to willfully abdicate the throne.
Hence, Naruhito ascended earlier than expected.
The ceremony featured a star-studded guest list of dignitaries from all over the world. Among those who attended the event were Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, and Carrie Lam from Hong Kong. Likewise, South Korean President Lee also attended the event despite the trade war between the two nations.
According to CNN, “Naruhito, whose name means “a man who will acquire heavenly virtues” — became the 126th Emperor of Japan in May, the latest in an unbroken line that stretches back 14 centuries.”.