He was the first Emperor of the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world for around 200 years, made during the lifetime of the throne for his successor. Now Akihito’s eldest son, Naruhito, is the new Symbol of the unity of the Nation. This is the role of the Japanese Monarch is limited according to the pacifist post-war Constitution. To must not to political questions of the Imperial speak.

In a first of three ceremonies for the enthronement of Naruhito, the new Emperor, were presented on Wednesday by officials of the house hofamtes two of the throne of regalia: a sword, as well as crooked jewels, the Imperial family by the sun goddess Amaterasu. The simple ceremony began at 10.30 am local time (0300 GMT) and lasted for only ten minutes.

in Parallel with a main Ritualist in the name of the Emperor, the mirror of the third throne insignia is to tell as a representation of the deity, that the Emperor accepts the insignia. Later Naruhito will hold a further ceremony, his first speech in front of representatives of the state and its Imperial family.

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito announced on Wednesday that he had ascended to the chrysanthemum throne. He will fulfill, in accordance with the Constitution, its responsibility as a Symbol of the state, said the 59-Year-old in his first message to the people.

“I sincerely pray for the happiness of the people and the further development of the Nation as well as the peace of the world,” said Naruhito at a short ceremony in the Palace on the side of his wife, Empress Masako.

As the first foreign guest of state, US President, Donald Trump will be meeting at the end of this month, the new Emperor. The United States ‘ nuclear shield is Japan’s most important security partner.

The actual accession to the throne ceremony “Sokuirei Seiden no gi” takes place on October 22. October, of well as numerous dignitaries from home and abroad. Then the new Emperor and his consort, Empress Masako, at a ceremonial Parade in an open Limousine through Tokyo. It banquets with more than 2000 invited guests to follow. A third ceremony called the Daijosai, then follows on the 14th. 15. November. Then Naruhito is taken as final in the series of the Emperor.

Naruhito wants to take his father, who broke with many of the old traditions of the court and the people so close was like no other Emperor before him, for example. At the same time, he is likely to bring a breath of fresh Wind. His reign is not expected to be, in the opinion of Palace observers, unlike those of his father so strongly under the impression of the Second world war, Akihito was marked. During his 30-year Era a staunch advocate was Akihito true of the pacifist post-war Constitution and was regarded as the Conscience of the Nation.