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Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony where he officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. 


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Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony where he officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony where he officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
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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. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

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....more

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. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool
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Attendants chant "Banzai" during the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  Kimimasa Mayama /Pool via REUTERS

Attendants chant "Banzai" during the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama /Pool via REUTERS

Attendants chant "Banzai" during the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama /Pool via REUTERS
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Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, his daughter Crown Princess Victoria, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema attending the enthronement ceremony. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, his daughter Crown Princess Victoria, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema attending the enthronement ceremony. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via...more

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, his daughter Crown Princess Victoria, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema attending the enthronement ceremony. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS
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Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attending the enthronement ceremony where Japan's Emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.    Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attending the enthronement ceremony where Japan's Emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attending the enthronement ceremony where Japan's Emperor Naruhito officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS
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Foreign dignitaries and government representatives attend the enthronement ceremony. Akio Kon/Pool via REUTERS

Foreign dignitaries and government representatives attend the enthronement ceremony. Akio Kon/Pool via REUTERS

Foreign dignitaries and government representatives attend the enthronement ceremony. Akio Kon/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends the enthronement ceremony where he officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends the enthronement ceremony where he officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends the enthronement ceremony where he officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Empress Masako makes her appearance during a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Empress Masako makes her appearance during a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Empress Masako makes her appearance during a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool
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Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko arrive at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji
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Japan's Princess Kako and Princess Mako arrive for a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Princess Kako and Princess Mako arrive for a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Princess Kako and Princess Mako arrive for a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool
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Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the enthronement ceremony. Akio Kon/Pool via REUTERS

Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the enthronement ceremony. Akio Kon/Pool via REUTERS

Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the enthronement ceremony. Akio Kon/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Emperor Naruhito makes his appearance during a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Emperor Naruhito makes his appearance during a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Emperor Naruhito makes his appearance during a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool
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Japan's Empress Masako makes her appearance during a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Empress Masako makes her appearance during a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Empress Masako makes her appearance during a ceremony to proclaim Emperor Naruhito's enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool
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Japan's Empress Masako leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Empress Masako leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Empress Masako leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
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Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrive. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrive. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde arrive. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS
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People react as Japan's Emperor Naruhito departs the Imperial Palace after his enthronement ceremony in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People react as Japan's Emperor Naruhito departs the Imperial Palace after his enthronement ceremony in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People react as Japan's Emperor Naruhito departs the Imperial Palace after his enthronement ceremony in Tokyo. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives. Koji Sasahara/Pool via REUTERS

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives. Koji Sasahara/Pool via REUTERS

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives. Koji Sasahara/Pool via REUTERS
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Vatican Cardinal Francesco Monterisi arrives. Koji Sasahara/Pool via REUTERS

Vatican Cardinal Francesco Monterisi arrives. Koji Sasahara/Pool via REUTERS

Vatican Cardinal Francesco Monterisi arrives. Koji Sasahara/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Prince Hitachi leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Prince Hitachi leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Prince Hitachi leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
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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 at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  Cabinet Office of Japan/via Reuters

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 at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Cabinet Office of Japan/via...more

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 at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Cabinet Office of Japan/via Reuters
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Japan's Princess Mako attends the enthronement ceremony.  
 Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Princess Mako attends the enthronement ceremony. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Princess Mako attends the enthronement ceremony. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
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Britain's Prince Charles chatting with Denmark's Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik while attending the enthronement ceremony. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles chatting with Denmark's Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik while attending the enthronement ceremony. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles chatting with Denmark's Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik while attending the enthronement ceremony. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/via REUTERS
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Emperor Naruhito delivers his speech as Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony where the emperor officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito delivers his speech as Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony where the emperor officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Emperor Naruhito delivers his speech as Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony where the emperor officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
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Japanese Empress Masako leaves the ceremony. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japanese Empress Masako leaves the ceremony. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japanese Empress Masako leaves the ceremony. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Crown Prince Akishino leaves the ceremony hall with Crown Princess Akishino. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino leaves the ceremony hall with Crown Princess Akishino. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino leaves the ceremony hall with Crown Princess Akishino. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Emperor Naruhito leaves a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Cabinet Office of Japan/via Reuters

Japan's Emperor Naruhito leaves a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Cabinet Office of Japan/via Reuters

Japan's Emperor Naruhito leaves a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Cabinet Office of Japan/via Reuters
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Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool

Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Pool
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Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  
 Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attends the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS
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Japanese Emperor Naruhito leaves the ceremony hall after proclaiming his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japanese Emperor Naruhito leaves the ceremony hall after proclaiming his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japanese Emperor Naruhito leaves the ceremony hall after proclaiming his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS
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President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, and his wife Desislava Radeva, leave after attending the Enthronement Ceremony.  
 Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, and his wife Desislava Radeva, leave after attending the Enthronement Ceremony. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, and his wife Desislava Radeva, leave after attending the Enthronement Ceremony. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS
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President of Poland Andrzej Duda's wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda and Poland's ambassador to Japan Pawel Milewski leave after attending the enthronement ceremony. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

President of Poland Andrzej Duda's wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda and Poland's ambassador to Japan Pawel Milewski leave after attending the enthronement ceremony. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

President of Poland Andrzej Duda's wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda and Poland's ambassador to Japan Pawel Milewski leave after attending the enthronement ceremony. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS
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Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema arrive. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema arrive. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema arrive. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Crown Prince Akishino leaves the ceremony hall after his brother Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino leaves the ceremony hall after his brother Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino leaves the ceremony hall after his brother Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool via REUTERS
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Japan's Princess Kako arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

Japan's Princess Kako arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

Japan's Princess Kako arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji
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A girl waits outside the Imperial Palace after the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A girl waits outside the Imperial Palace after the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A girl waits outside the Imperial Palace after the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Japan's Emperor Naruhito departs the Imperial Palace after his enthronement ceremony. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Japan's Emperor Naruhito departs the Imperial Palace after his enthronement ceremony. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Japan's Emperor Naruhito departs the Imperial Palace after his enthronement ceremony. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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