royal family

Imperial transition in Japan in 2019, abdication, coronation and the new era “Reiwa”

In Japan, a big imperial transition event in the royal family is coming up this spring. Current Emperor Akihito will abdicate the throne on April 30, 2019. Then, his son, Crown Prince Naruhito will assume the throne in Japan on May 1, 2019. Emperor Akihito asked for this abdication due to his age and his wish in favor of his son, Naruhito. His predecessors did not abdicate while they were alive and that makes him the first one to do so in 200 years. There are many festivities planned around the coronation and the government announced to make May 1st a holiday this year, which makes 10 consecutive days off for many people combined [...]