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Address by Emperor Naruhito during enthronement ceremony

Japanese Emperor Naruhito, left, delivers a speech to proclaim his enthronement from the Takamikura imperial throne in the "Matsu no Ma" state room of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, on Oct. 22, 2019. Empress Masako can be seen on the right on the Michodai throne. (Kyodo)
Japan's Emperor Naruhito speaks as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows during a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, on Oct. 22, 2019. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)
Japanese Emperor Naruhito walks in the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries in Tokyo for a ritual on Oct. 22, 2019, prior to proclaiming his enthronement before roughly 2,000 guests from home and overseas at another location in the palace later in the day. (Pool photo) (Kyodo)

The following is an address by His Majesty at the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi:

    Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden (State Hall) on Oct. 22, 2019.

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    Having previously succeeded to the Imperial Throne in accordance with the Constitution of Japan and the Special Measures Law on the Imperial House Law. I now perform the Ceremony of Enthronement at the Seiden State Hall and proclaim my enthronement to those at home and abroad.

    I deeply reflect anew that for more than 30 years on the Throne, His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus constantly prayed for the happiness of the people and world peace, always sharing in the joys and sorrows of the people, and showing compassion through his own bearing. 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.

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