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Japan imperial couple rides through Tokyo in grand enthronement parade

Credit: Reuters Studio
Published on November 10, 2019 - Duration: 00:49s

Japan imperial couple rides through Tokyo in grand enthronement parade

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako rode through central Tokyo on Sunday in a motorcade to mark this year's imperial succession as well-wishers waved national flags and held up mobile phones for snapshots of the smiling royal couple.

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Japan imperial couple rides through Tokyo in grand enthronement parade

Emperor Naruhito, 59, acceded to the throne in May after his father, Akihito, became the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, Harvard-educated former diplomat, waved from an open-top Toyota Century limousine, which cruised through Tokyo streets lined with jubilant spectators as well as police officers, who were out in force.

Tens of thousands of spectators from across the country gathered along the 4.6-km route to watch.

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