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End of an era as Japan’s emperor Akihito abdicates

Emperor Akihito of Japan formally stepped down Tuesday, the first abdication for 200 years in the world's oldest monarchy, as his son Naruhito prepared to take the Chrysanthemum Throne and usher in a new imperial era.

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Crown Prince Naruhito, delivers a speech during a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan (Pool/Pool via REUTERS)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Emperor Akihito walks in front of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as he leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan (Kyodo/via REUTERS)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Princess Mako arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Princess Aiko arrives at the Imperial Palace, where Emperor Akihito will abdicate in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, Japan (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Crown Princess Masako leaves the Imperial Palace, on the day Emperor Akihito abdicates in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, Japan (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Japan (Pool/Pool via REUTERS JAPAN)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attend a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor Akihito's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan (Pool/Pool via REUTERS JAPAN)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Police officers walk in front of the Imperial Palace, on the day Emperor Akihito abdicates in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, Japan (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Emperor Akihito bows as he leaves a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan (Kyodo/via REUTERS)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

People take pictures of the royal family, as they leave the Imperial Palace, on the day Emperor Akihito abdicates in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, Japan, (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

People gather in front of the Imperial Palace, on the day Emperor Akihito abdicates in a royal ceremony, in Tokyo, Japan (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, delivers a speech during a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. (Kyodo/via REUTERS )

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attend a ritual called Taiirei-Seiden-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor Akihito's abdication, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan (Pool/Pool via REUTERS)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, left, and Crown Princess Masako leaves the Imperial Palace after attending the ceremony of Emperor Akihito's abdication in Tokyo, (Yohei Nishimura/Kyodo News via AP)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Crown Princess Masako, with Crown Prince Naruhito, arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the ceremony of Emperor Akihito's abdication in Tokyo, (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

End of an era as Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates

Japan's Prince Hisahito arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Prince Hisahito will become second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne when his uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito, ascends the throne on (Yohei Nishimura/Kyodo News via AP)