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Emperor Naruhito Ascends To Throne

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Published on May 1, 2019 - Duration: 00:32s

Emperor Naruhito Ascends To Throne

Japan got a new emperor on Wednesday.

Emperor Naruhito was presented with the country's imperial treasures — a sword, a mirror, and a jewel — in a ritual at Tokyo's Imperial Palace.

Controversially, the women in his family weren't allowed to go, part of a wider pattern of Japan's royal traditions explicitly favoring men.

The only female guest at the ceremony was Satsuki Katayama, the one woman in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet.

Naruhito later gave a public address — where women were present — in which he pledged to uphold peace and be a worthy emperor to the Japanese people.

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