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Japanese emperor performs secretive key succession ritual

Nov. 14, 2019 9:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito performed a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give thanks for good harvests, pray for the peace and safety of the nation and play host to his family’s ancestral gods. Or at least that’s what experts and officials...

Over 100,000 greet Japan's emperor at enthronement parade

Nov. 10, 2019 6:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako waved and smiled from an open car in a parade Sunday marking Naruhito's enthronement as more than 100,000 delighted well-wishers cheered, waved small flags and took photos from packed sidewalks. Security was extremely tight, with police setting up 40...

Japan emperor greets at celebration hosted by conservatives

Nov. 9, 2019 8:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito thanked tens of thousands of well-wishers who gathered outside the palace Saturday to congratulate his enthronement at a ceremony organized by conservative political and business groups. Naruhito and Empress Masako greeted well-wishers from the Nijubashi bridge...

Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals

Oct. 23, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito hosted a tea party at his residence for royals from other countries on Wednesday, thanking them for celebrating his enthronement the day before. Naruhito proclaimed his succession in a ritual-laden ceremony Tuesday at the Imperial Palace. He pledged to serve his...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Japanese Emperor Naruhito

Oct. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Wednesday President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Emperor Naruhito on his enthronement. The White House said in a statement that the president and first lady Melania Trump offer their...

Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Oct. 22, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor. As a driving autumn rain briefly gave way to sunshine and 2,000 guests looked on, Naruhito pledged at an...

Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

Oct. 21, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who has been a full-fledged emperor since succeeding in May after the abdication of his father, Akihito. A look at the...