Japan News: Emperor Akihito’s Abdication Ceremony

It’s raining today in Tokyo but a lot of people came in front of the Imperial Palace to honor the Abdication Ceremony of Emperor Akihito.

The whole abdication ceremony only lasted for about 15 minutes from 5:00PM to 5:15PM.

Prime Minister Shinzō Abe delivered a speech in behalf of the Japanese people followed by Emperor Akihito’s final speech as the Emperor of Japan.

Tomorrow, the Crown Prince Naruhito will ascent to the Japanese throne and the Japanese Reiwa Era will start.

Credits for photos and videos: NHK World

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