The Latest: Emperor Naruhito inherits Imperial regalia

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TOKYO (AP) – The Latest on Emperor Naruhito’s succession (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito has inherited the Imperial regalia of sword and jewel and seals as proof of succession in his first official duty as emperor.

Naruhito succeeded the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father’s abdication Tuesday.

Naruhito is to make his first address later in Wednesday’s ceremony.

His wife, Empress Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, and their daughter Princess Aiko, are barred from the first ceremony, where only adult male royals can participate.

The emperor under Japan’s constitution is a symbol without political power. Naruhito has promised to emulate his father in seeking peace and staying close to people.

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9:20 a.m.

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will perform his first ritual hours after succeeding his father on the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Naruhito will receive the Imperial regalia of sword and jewel as proof of succession at the ceremony Wednesday and later will make his first address.

His wife, Empress Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, and their daughter Princess Aiko, are barred from the first ceremony, where only adult male royals can participate.

Akihito now holds the title of emperor emeritus after becoming Japan’s first emperor to abdicate in 200 years.

The emperor under Japan’s constitution is a symbol without political power. Naruhito has promised to emulate his father in seeking peace and staying close to people.

People take a photo of “Reiwa”, new Emperor Naruhito’s era’s name, during a countdown event at Maharaja Roppongi, at midnight Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address. (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP)
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