Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will perform his first ritual hours after succeeding his father on the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Naruhito will receive the Imperial regalia of sword and jewel as proof of succession at the ceremony Wednesday and later will make his first address.

His wife, Empress Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, and their daughter Princess Aiko, are barred from the first ceremony, where only adult male royals can participate.

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, in a car, leaves the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate later in the day as Japan embraces the end of his reign with an emotion mixed with reminiscence and hopes for a new era. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)
Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito, in a car, leaves the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate later in the day as Japan embraces the end of his reign with an emotion mixed with reminiscence and hopes for a new era. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)

Akihito now holds the title of emperor emeritus after becoming Japan’s first emperor to abdicate in 200 years.

The emperor under Japan’s constitution is a symbol without political power. Naruhito has promised to emulate his father in seeking peace and staying close to people.

People take a photo of
People take a photo of “Reiwa”, new Emperor Naruhito’s era’s name, during a countdown event at Maharaja Roppongi, at midnight Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address. (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP)
Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko, second left, bow as they prepare to leave after the ceremony of his abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko, second left, bow as they prepare to leave after the ceremony of his abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan's Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, speaks during the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, speaks during the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan's Empress Michiko, right, bows to Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako after the ceremony of Emperor Akihito's abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan’s Empress Michiko, right, bows to Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako after the ceremony of Emperor Akihito’s abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, left, prepare to leave following Empress Michiko after the ceremony of Emperor Akihito's abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, left, prepare to leave following Empress Michiko after the ceremony of Emperor Akihito’s abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (Japan Pool via AP)
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, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era.(Yohei Nishimura/Kyodo News via AP)
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, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era.(Yohei Nishimura/Kyodo News via AP)
People take photos of the famous double bridge in the compound of Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate later in the day as Japan embraces the end of his reign with an emotion mixed with reminiscence and hopes for a new era. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
People take photos of the famous double bridge in the compound of Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate later in the day as Japan embraces the end of his reign with an emotion mixed with reminiscence and hopes for a new era. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Visitors take a selfie with a panel with
Visitors take a selfie with a panel with “Good-bye Heisei” written in Japanese at Fukuoka Tower in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Japan’s Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate later in the day as Japan embraces the end of his reign with an emotion mixed with reminiscence and hopes for a new era. (Miyuki Saito/Kyodo News via AP)
Japan's Emperor Akihito, second from right, accompanied by Empress Michiko, attends the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, second from right, accompanied by Empress Michiko, attends the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. (Japan Pool via AP)
A Yomiuri newspaper worker hands a copy of the extra edition reporting Emperor Akihito's abdication in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Japan's Emperor Akihito announced that he is abdicating as of Tuesday at a ceremony, in his final official address to his people. The headline, partly seen, reads
A Yomiuri newspaper worker hands a copy of the extra edition reporting Emperor Akihito’s abdication in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Japan’s Emperor Akihito announced that he is abdicating as of Tuesday at a ceremony, in his final official address to his people. The headline, partly seen, reads “Emperor, abdication ritual.”(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A Yomiuri newspaper worker hands a copy of the extra edition reporting Emperor Akihito's abdication in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Japan's Emperor Akihito announced that he is abdicating as of Tuesday at a ceremony, in his final official address to his people. The headline, partly seen, reads
A Yomiuri newspaper worker hands a copy of the extra edition reporting Emperor Akihito’s abdication in Tokyo Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Japan’s Emperor Akihito announced that he is abdicating as of Tuesday at a ceremony, in his final official address to his people. The headline, partly seen, reads “Emperor, abdication ritual.”(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japan's Emperor Akihito speaks during the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito, second from left, will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. Crown Princess Masako is at left. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan’s Emperor Akihito speaks during the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito, second from left, will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. Crown Princess Masako is at left. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, accompanied by Empress Michiko, attends the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. (Japan Pool via AP)
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, left, accompanied by Empress Michiko, attends the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. (Japan Pool via AP)
Emperor Akihito announces his abdication in his final address at a palace ceremony on Tuesday as Japan embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (April 30)
Emperor Akihito announces his abdication in his final address at a palace ceremony on Tuesday as Japan embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. (April 30)

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