Japan’s Emperor Akihito kicks off abdication day in ritual

Japan’s Emperor Akihito kicks off ceremonies for his abdication, the first in 200 years for the world’s oldest monarchy. Akihito is handing over the Chrysanthemum Throne to his eldest son, 59-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito, in a series of solemn rituals that also usher in the new imperial era named “Reiwa” — meaning beautiful harmony — that will last throughout the new monarch’s reign.