New Japanese emperor treats crowds to rare open-top car imperial parade | AFP

Thousands of flag-waving spectators gather to cheer Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito during a rare open-top car imperial parade that was rescheduled after a deadly typhoon. Some in the crowd camped overnight to nab a prime stop by the palace for the 30-minute parade featuring the emperor and his wife Empress Masako. Security forces lined the entire length of the route in double rows, keeping close watch as the slow-moving parade passed, flanked by police on motorbikes.

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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Japan’s Naruhito proclaimed himself Emperor during an enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace, declaring himself the country’s 126th monarch. (Oct. 22)

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Japan emperor completes enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony | AFP

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito completes his ascension to the ancient Chrysanthemum throne in a solemn, ritual-filled ceremony performed before hundreds of dignitaries in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace.

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France’s Macron meets Japanese Emperor Naruhito | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte meet with Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako. IMAGES

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Macron meets Japan’s Emperor Naruhito | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Japan’s newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. Macron becomes only the second foreign leader — after Donald Trump — to meet the emperor. IMAGES

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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.

Japan’s Crown Prince lights up the Eiffel Tower

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, who will become emperor in May 2019, kicks off a sound and light show casting the Eiffel Tower in Japan’s colours. The emperor-in waiting is on a long visit to France, which has taken him successively to Lyon, Grenoble, Burgundy, Château de Versailles and Paris. IMAGES