Japan's new emperor Naruhito formally ascends to throne as Reiwa era begins

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Naruhito formally ascends to the throne in a brief ceremony after his father, Akihito, ended his 30-year reign as head of the world's oldest continuing hereditary monarchy. On Wednesday, Naruhito took symbolic possession of the imperial regalia – a sacred sword and jewel – which were concealed inside decoratively wrapped boxes. No female members of the imperial family were permitted to attend, after the government controversially decided to honour precedents set by previous accession rites Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub Support the Guardian ► https://support.theguardian.com/contribute Today in Focus podcast ► https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/todayinfocus The Guardian YouTube network: The Guardian ► http://www.youtube.com/theguardian Owen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjones Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Sport ► http://bit.ly/GDNsport Guardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardianculture

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