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New emperor to greet Japanese on May weekend

04.03.2019 167 просмотров

This will be Crown Prince Naruhito's first appearance before the nation as emperor.

As previously reported, on April 30 Emperor Akihito abdicate from the throne. This will happen in Japan for the first time in two centuries. Until recently, the laws of the Land of the Rising Sun did not allow the lifetime transfer of the throne. But in the summer of 2016, Akihito hinted that due to his advanced age he would like to retire. For this, a special law was adopted that allows for the transfer of power. Notably, the document has a limited expiration date and is designed specifically for Akihito's renunciation.
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The official enthronement ceremony for Prince Naruhito will take place in October 2019. Despite this, the imperial office decided that the new ruler would greet the nation immediately after accession to the throne. This change is due to the fact that at the end of April - beginning of May of this year in Japan there will be as many as 10 days off. 

This is due to the peculiarities of the Japanese calendar: several holidays fall on these dates at once - Showa Day (30 April, the date of Emperor Hirohito's birth), Naruhito's Accession Day (May 1), Constitution Day (May 3), Greenery Day (May 4), Children's Day (May 5). Also, the government of the country added several days off to these numbers. In Japan, this time is called "golden week" and it usually lasts 5-7 days. 

Traditionally, the emperor's greeting of the nation takes place on the birthday of the monarch and on the New Year. The emperor and members of his family appear on the balcony protected by bulletproof glass several times a day. This will happen in early May.

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