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Akihito

(äkē`hētō), 1933–, emperor of Japan (1989–2019). As crown prince, he traveled widely, visiting Great Britain, Canada, the United States, and many countries of Asia and South America. Like his father, HirohitoHirohito
, 1901–89, emperor of Japan. He was made regent in 1921 and succeeded his father, Yoshihito (the Taishō emperor), in 1926. He married (1924) Princess Nagako Kuni (1903–2000); a son and heir, Prince Akihito, was born in 1933.
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, Akihito is an accomplished amateur marine biologist. In Apr., 1959, he married Michiko Shoda, a commoner; it was the first time that an heir to the Japanese throne had wed outside the court nobility. Tradition was also abandoned when their three children, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, and Princess Nori, were raised at home. When Akihito ascended to the throne, the Heisei ("achieving peace") era was proclaimed. As emperor, Akihito continued his efforts to humanize and modernize the royal family. He abdicated in 2019 and was succeeded by his son NaruhitoNaruhito,
1960–, Japanese emperor (2019–), son of Akihito. He is the first Japanese emperor to have studied abroad, attending Oxford from 1983 to 1985. In 1991 he was officially invested as crown prince, and in 1993 he married Masako Owada, a commoner and former
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Akihito

born 1933, Emperor of Japan from 1989
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The emperor of Japan, Akihito, abdicated on April 30, paving the way for his son Naruhito to take the throne on May 1.
Akihito's reign began upon the death of his father, Hirohito, whose life had spanned decades of domestic and international turmoil.
Akihito was born during the heyday of sovereignty, and the twilight of empire.
Akihito's reign ended at midnight, when his son Crown Prince Naruhito became new emperor and ascends the Chrysanthemum throne.
Naruhito, 59, also expressed gratitude towards his father Emperor Emeritus Akihito, his voice breaking when he talked about Akihito's service to his country.
Akihito is the first Japanese emperor to abdicate since Kokaku in 1817.
Emperor Akihito's reign has been marked by his interactions with people suffering from disease and disaster, which have endeared him to many Japanese people.
Akihito, 85, was the first monarch to take the Chrysanthemum Throne under a post-war constitution that defines the emperor as a symbol of the people without political power.
Akihito, Empress Michiko and the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe attended the ceremony.  
Michiko, who later became the Empress of Japan, accompanied Akihito in those visits.
JAPANESE emperor Akihito has begun his abdication rituals at a Shinto shrine as the country embraces the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era.