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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raises his hands as he shouts “banzai” or cheers in front of Emperor Naruhito during a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019

    Emperor Naruhito Proclaims Ascension to Throne of Japan in Tradition-Filled Ceremony

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    TOKYO, October 22 (Sputnik) - Japan's new Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his ascension to the throne in an official ritual-bound ceremony broadcast on Tuesday.

    The coronation ceremony is one of the integral parts of the new emperor's assumption of the title. It took place before 2,000 guests, 400 of which were the heads or representatives of foreign governments.

    "Having previously succeeded to the Imperial Throne in accordance with the Constitution of Japan and the Special Measures Law on the Imperial House Law, I now perform the Ceremony of Enthronement at the Seiden State Hall and proclaim my enthronement to those at home and abroad", the emperor said in his coronation speech.

    He promised to act per the Constitution and perform his role as the symbol of the Japanese state and people.

    "I sincerely hope that our country, through our people’s wisdom and unceasing efforts, achieves further development and contributes to the friendship and peace of the international community and the welfare and prosperity of humankind", he concluded.

    Naruhito became the new emperor on 1 May following his father's abdication due to the latter's advanced age. Back in May, he was handed the traditional symbols of authority, including the sword Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the mirror Yata-no-Kagami, and the jewel Yasakani-no-Magatama.

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