pcloudyn.png
Monday February 17th, 2020 2:38AM
10:43PM ( 3 hours ago ) Weather Alert

The Latest: Japan PM Abe congratulates Naruhito

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Emperor Naruhito's succession (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Emperor Naruhito and pledged his respect to him on the day he ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

The 59-year-old Naruhito succeeded his father, who is now known as Emperor Emeritus Akihito after his abdication on Tuesday.

Abe on Wednesday pledged to create a "bright future" during the new era that is peaceful and full of hope.

Naruhito also received messages from President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping.

Trump's message said America and Japan will renew the bonds of friendship in the new era. The official Xinhua news agency reported Xi said China and Japan should work together to promote peace and development and bilateral ties.

___

11:30 a.m.

Emperor Naruhito has vowed to fulfill his duty as a symbol of state and people as defined under Japan's Constitution in his first address.

Naruhito announced his succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the address Wednesday a day after his father abdicated.

He said he will keep in mind his father's devotion to peace and stay close to the people. Naruhito also said he feels solemn as thinks of the heavy weight of his responsibility.

Akihito abdicated Tuesday after reigning for three decades. He is now known as emperor emeritus.

___

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.

___

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.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Japan PM Abe congratulates Naruhito
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Emperor Naruhito and pledged his respect to him on the day he ascended to the Japanese throne
1:29AM ( 5 minutes ago )
US watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for 'day after' peace
US watchdog: Afghanistan needs policies for reintegrating the Taliban into society, combatting corruption
1:24AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Vigil planned after 2 killed, 4 wounded in campus shooting
A shooting that killed two and wounded four at a North Carolina university left students scrambling for shelter and prompted fresh calls for ways to keep campuses safe
1:02AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Netflix announces deal for film about Thailand's cave boys
Netflix and "Crazy Rich Asians" production company agree to make a film about rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from flooded Thai cave
12:07AM ( 1 hour ago )
Venezuela awaits more protests after a day of turmoil
He called it the moment for Venezuelans to reclaim their democracy, but as the hours dragged on, opposition leader Juan Guaidó stood alone on an overpass with the same small cadre of troops with whom he launched a bold effort to spark a military uprising
12:04AM ( 1 hour ago )
Japan's Naruhito in 1st speech vows to stay close to people
Emperor Naruhito inherited Imperial regalia and seals as proof of his succession to the throne and pledged to follow his father's example in devoting himself to peace and staying close to the people
11:21PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP World News
US watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for 'day after' peace
US watchdog: Afghanistan needs policies for reintegrating the Taliban into society, combatting corruption
1:24AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Vigil planned after 2 killed, 4 wounded in campus shooting
A shooting that killed two and wounded four at a North Carolina university left students scrambling for shelter and prompted fresh calls for ways to keep campuses safe
1:02AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Japan gets a new emperor as Naruhito vows to pursue peace
Emperor Naruhito has inherited the sacred sword and jewel that signaled his succession as the 126th member of his family to rule Japan
12:55AM ( 39 minutes ago )
Couture scores 3 goals, Sharks beat Avs 4-2 in Game 3
Logan Couture scored three times, including the go-ahead goal with 7:10 remaining, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series
12:52AM ( 41 minutes ago )
LA judge rules Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted painting
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1992 is the work's rightful owner, not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it to escape the Holocaust
12:48AM ( 45 minutes ago )