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Prince Charles watches Japan's new emperor take to the the throne

Emperor Naruhito has ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne, proclaiming himself Japan’s 126th emperor before a cheering audience. At an enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Naruhito pledged to serve his constitutional duty as a symbol of the state and to stay close to the people. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated him and led three “banzai” cheers. The cheers traditionally means “10 thousand years” of long life.

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