Naruhito becomes Japan’s new emperor

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TOKYO, (DNA) – Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has given his first address after ascending the throne, expressing his hope for happiness and world peace.His ascension was formalised earlier on Wednesday in a ceremony that saw him inherit the Imperial Treasures.A new imperial era called Reiwa, which means order and harmony – has begun and will last throughout his reign.His 85-year-old father Akihito became the first emperor to abdicate in more than 200 years on Tuesday.

In a short speech at the Imperial Palace, Emperor Naruhito said he hoped “for the happiness of the people…progress of the country, and world peace”.