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Emperor Naruhito waves from his vehicle upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Emperor Naruhito waves from his vehicle upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Emperor Naruhito waves from his vehicle upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Empress Masako waves from her vehicle upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Empress Masako waves from her vehicle upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Empress Masako waves from her vehicle upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attend a ritual called Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi, a ceremony for inheriting the imperial regalia and seals, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attend a ritual called Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi, a ceremony for inheriting the imperial regalia and seals, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attend a ritual called Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi, a ceremony for inheriting the imperial regalia and seals, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS
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Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony called Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi, his first audience after the accession to the throne, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters

Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony called Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi, his first audience after the accession to the throne, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout...more

Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Empress Masako, delivers a speech during a ceremony called Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi, his first audience after the accession to the throne, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters
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Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Crown Prince Akishino, attends a ritual called Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi, a ceremony for inheriting the imperial regalia and seals, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Crown Prince Akishino, attends a ritual called Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi, a ceremony for inheriting the imperial regalia and seals, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito, flanked by Crown Prince Akishino, attends a ritual called Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi, a ceremony for inheriting the imperial regalia and seals, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako receive a blessing from new Crown Prince Akishino and new Crown Princess Kiko during an enthronement celebration ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako receive a blessing from new Crown Prince Akishino and new Crown Princess Kiko during an enthronement celebration ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako receive a blessing from new Crown Prince Akishino and new Crown Princess Kiko during an enthronement celebration ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS
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People wait to see Emperor Naruhito in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People wait to see Emperor Naruhito in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People wait to see Emperor Naruhito in front of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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People take pictures as the Japanese royal family arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People take pictures as the Japanese royal family arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People take pictures as the Japanese royal family arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Empress Masako waves from a vehicle as she arrives with Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Empress Masako waves from a vehicle as she arrives with Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Empress Masako waves from a vehicle as she arrives with Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era at the Maharaja nightclub in Tokyo's Roppongi district, May 1.   


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People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era at the Maharaja nightclub in Tokyo's Roppongi district, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS

People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era at the Maharaja nightclub in Tokyo's Roppongi district, May 1. Kyodo/via REUTERS
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People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, May 1.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, May 1.     REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, May 1. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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People gather to celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, April 30.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People gather to celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, April 30. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People gather to celebrate the start of Japan's new Reiwa imperial era and Emperor Naruhito's accession to the throne in Tokyo, April 30. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow as they leave a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30.   Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow as they leave a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow as they leave a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS
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Emperor Akihito, flanked by Empress Michiko, delivers a speech during a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30.   Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito, flanked by Empress Michiko, delivers a speech during a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito, flanked by Empress Michiko, delivers a speech during a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko walk in front of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as they leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30.   Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko walk in front of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as they leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Japan...more

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko walk in front of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as they leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Japan Pool/Pool via REUTERS
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Men bow toward the Imperial Palace on the day of the emperor's abdication in Tokyo, April 30.     



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Men bow toward the Imperial Palace on the day of the emperor's abdication in Tokyo, April 30. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Men bow toward the Imperial Palace on the day of the emperor's abdication in Tokyo, April 30. Kyodo/via REUTERS
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Emperor Akihito walks in front of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as he leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30.   


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Emperor Akihito walks in front of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as he leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito walks in front of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as he leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Kyodo/via REUTERS
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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako arrive at the Imperial Palace, where Emperor Akihito will abdicate in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, April 30.  
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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako arrive at the Imperial Palace, where Emperor Akihito will abdicate in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, April 30. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako arrive at the Imperial Palace, where Emperor Akihito will abdicate in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, April 30. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Emperor Akihito walks for a ritual called Taiirei-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omae-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor to report the conduct of the abdication ceremony, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30.     Kyodo/via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito walks for a ritual called Taiirei-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omae-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor to report the conduct of the abdication ceremony, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Kyodo/via REUTERS

Emperor Akihito walks for a ritual called Taiirei-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omae-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor to report the conduct of the abdication ceremony, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, April 30. Kyodo/via REUTERS
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