Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Beautiful Harmony

Since ascending the throne 30 years ago, I have performed my duties as the emperor with a deep sense of trust in and respect for the people, and I consider myself fortunate to have been able to do so.

-- 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito, on the occasion of formally abdicating the Chrysanthemum Throne in a short ceremony at the Imperial Palace, giving way to his son, now-Emperor Naruhito, and ushering in the Reiwa era, meaning "beautiful harmony", Washington Post, 30 April 2019

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