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Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako at their residence Togu Palace in Tokyo, Feb. 17, 2019. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters

Japan’s new emperor is a modern, multilingual environmentalist

Japan's 86-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 — an exceedingly rare event for this ancient monarchy. Can his son, Prince Naruhito, give Japan's royal family a modern makeover?
Grill, a 19-year-old female California sea lion, holds a brush in her jaws after writing the calligraphy ‘Reiwa’ to mark the beginning of a new era for Japan. EPA-EFE/Jiji Press Japan

Japan: spring and prosperity the watchwords as country announces a new era

The country has reached back more than a thousand years into its early literary heritage for an auspicious name for a new era under a new emperor.

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