Emperor Naruhito, the Crown Prince to Japan's throne, has pledged to bring the world's oldest monarchy closer to the people!
Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne to become Japan's 126th emperor on Wednesday (May 1).
He made an explicit vow earlier this year in February to continue his father's legacy, particularly in breaking barriers between the emperor and his subjects, claiming that he wishes to earnestly fulfill his duties by always being close to people, and sharing with them their joy and sorrows.
Hironomiya Naruhito Shinno, 59, was born in Tokyo as the eldest child and Crown prince to the throne succeeding Emperor Akihito, who abdicated Tuesday and his wife Michiko.
Naruhito is loosely described by his close associates to be "modest, charming and astute" person, according to Jeffrey Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Japan.
He was the first among the royal blood in Japan to study abroad, sending two years at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, developing a thesis on medieval mercantilism on the River Thames, prior to his return to Tokyo and his alma mater, Gakushuin University, for doctoral studies.
Prince Naruhito, a person who greatly admires the British Culture, has an easygoing personality and a sense of humour, said in his book "The Thames and I: A Memoir of Two Years at Oxford."
In time (May 1) he assumes the throne of Japan, up to which he already has assumed some of his father's duties, Naruhito will usher in the "Reiwa" era (whose name includes the character for harmony). Now he may emerge from his father's image and establish himself as a modern leader.
"It is his reign name to shape through his actions and gestures," Jeffrey Kingston said, adding that Naruhito's challenge in defining his era will be to avoid getting "co-opted by Japan's right-leaning politicians."