Japan’s New Emperor Naruhito has given his first address after ascending the throne, expressing his hope for happiness and world peace.
His ascension was formalised on Wednesday, May 1st in a ceremony that saw him inherit the Imperial Treasures.
A new imperial era called ‘Reiwa’ which means order and harmony has begun and will last throughout his reign.
His 85-year-old father Akihito became the first emperor to abdicate in more than 200 years on Tuesday.
Naruhito is Japan’s 126th emperor. He attended Oxford University, and became crown prince at the age of 28.
Emperor Naruhito took part in several ceremonies on the first day of the Reiwa era.