- (Imperial) era
- 天皇（後出 Empress は皇后、Emperor Emeritus は上皇、Empress Emerita は上皇后）
- 退位する（後出 step down も同意、abdication は退位）
- Crown Prince
- accede to ... Throne
- at the stroke of ～
- (be) ushered in
- Imperial Palace
- 皇居（後出 Imperial Family は皇族、Imperial Regalia は三種の神器のこと）
- devote oneself to ～
- （ここでは）自己の研鑽 (けんさん)
- prefectural governor
- 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 ～
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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