Twelve-year-old Prince Hisahito of Akishino, who is Emperor Akihito's only grandson and Crown Prince Naruhito
's nephew, will be the second-in-line after the 126th Emperor's reign starts on Wednesday, as per imperial rules.
On Wednesday morning, Crown Prince Naruhito
will inherit the Imperial Treasures in his first ritual as emperor.
The retired emperor will hand over the three sacred treasures to Prince Naruhito
: a duplicate of the sword (Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi), a necklace of stone beads shaped like commas (Yasakani-no-Magatama), and a mirror representing honesty (Yata-no-Kagami).
A day after the abdication, his son, Crown Prince Naruhito
, 59, ascends the throne in ceremonies at the same location.
In this file photo taken on December 23, 2018 Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) walks behind Crown Prince Naruhito
after greeting well-wishers on his birthday at the Imperial Palace.
This year will be the final official celebration of Emperor Akihito's birthday, as he will abdicate on April 30, 2019, and Crown Prince Naruhito
will take the throne.
After remarks by Emiko Matsuo, director general for Secretariats Policy Matters, National Personnel Authority, the participants had a pleasant chat with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito
Crown Prince Naruhito
will become Japan's next emperor on May 1 of next year, the day after his 84-year-old father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates.
HRH Crown Prince sent two similar condolences cables to Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito
, and Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
Tokyo, Sha'ban 24, 1439, May 10, 2018, SPA -- Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito
received at his palace in Tokyo today Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of the General Commission for Tourism and National Heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, currently on a visit to the far east Asian country.
Le fils aine de l'empereur, le prince Naruhito
, age actuellement de 57 ans, doit acceder au trone du Chrysantheme le jour suivant son abdication.
Some experts, recalling past examples when ex-emperors kept their influence, had feared the former monarch's existence would undercut the symbolic status of his heir, Crown Prince Naruhito