Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Emperor Naruhito attends a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. Japanese Emperor Naruhito pledged to fulfil his duty as a symbol of the state as he officially announced his enthronement on Tuesday in a centuries-old ceremony attended by heads of state and other dignitaries from more than 180 countries. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Emperor Naruhito speaks as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen during a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, October 22, 2019. Naruhito, 59, acceded to the throne in May after his father, Akihito, became the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. Naruhito's grandfather, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was treated as a god but renounced his divine status after Japan's defeat in 1945. Kazuhiro Nogi /Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) shouts "banzai", as he cheers for Emperor Naruhito (top L) and Empress Masako at a ceremony to proclaim the emperor's enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, October 22, 2019 Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Emperor Naruhito leaving Kashikodokoro sanctuary after reporting the proclamation of his ascension to the throne to sun goddess in the ancient royal dynasty during a ritual at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, October 22, 2019. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via REUTERS