Japan’s Emperor Akihito kicks off abdication day in ritual


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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.