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5月11日号 新天皇陛下即位 令和時代の幕開け

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dawn
夜明け、始まり
(Imperial) era
(ここでは天皇が在位する)時代
Emperor
天皇(後出 Empress は皇后、Emperor Emeritus は上皇、Empress Emerita は上皇后)
abdicate
退位する(後出 step down も同意、abdication は退位)
Crown Prince
皇太子(後出は皇嗣(こうし)のこと)
accede to ... Throne
(ここでは)即位する
at the stroke of ~
~時きっかりに
(be) ushered in
(ここでは)始まる
Imperial Palace
皇居(後出 Imperial Family は皇族、Imperial Regalia は三種の神器のこと)
address
(ここでは)おことば
devote oneself to ~
(ここでは)~に励む
self-improvement
(ここでは)自己の研鑽 (けんさん)
swear
誓う
Constitution
憲法
prefectural governor
都道府県知事
heir in line to the Throne
皇位継承者(後出 Imperial succession は皇位継承、inherit は承継する)
State and Privy seals
国璽 (こくじ) と御璽 (ぎょじ) のこと
in accordance with ~
~に従って
sincerely
心から
 

Dawn of a New Era   

Emperor Akihito abdicated on April 30 and Crown Prince Naruhito acceded to the Imperial Throne at the stroke of 12 a.m. on May 1, becoming the 126th emperor of Japan.

The Imperial era of Heisei, which was ushered in on Jan. 8, 1989, came to an end, making way for the new era of Reiwa.

New Emperor Naruhito, 59, accompanied by new Empress Masako, 55, took part in a ceremony called "Sokui-go-Choken-no-gi" in the "Matsu-no-Ma" room of the Imperial Palace on the morning of May 1, in which he gave his first address to the nation as Emperor.

"I ... will devote myself to self-improvement. I also swear that I will act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the State ... while always turning my thoughts to the people and standing with them," he said in the address.

Some 290 representatives of the people, such as ministers and prefectural governors, attended the ceremony, as did adult members of the Imperial Family including new Crown Prince Akishino, 53. Emperor Naruhito's younger brother Akishino is one of only three heirs in line to the Throne.

A ceremony called "Kenji-to-Shokei-no-gi" was also held in the same room, where the new Emperor inherited a part of the Imperial Regalia, as well as the State and Privy seals.

Emperor Akihito's abdication was the first in 202 years since a late Edo-period emperor stepped down. The Imperial succession came in accordance with the Constitution and a special law allowing 85-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. He stated in his final speech on April 30, "I sincerely thank the people who accepted and supported me in my role as the symbol of the State." Emperor Akihito became Emperor Emeritus and Empress Michiko, 84, became Empress Emerita.

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