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However, Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko provided a source of consistency and reliability for Japanese society during these uncertain times.

Read more: Japanese emperor stresses his peaceful reign ahead of abdicationRedefining Japan’s monarchyWhen Akihito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in 1989, Japan’s imperial dynasty was in a crisis.

After Japan’s defeat in World War II, the Japanese emperor was no longer considered a divine, god-like figure.

Akihito and Michiko’s wedding photo in 1969An emperor for the peopleAfter he became emperor, Akihito wanted to change Japan’s imperial institution, which is known as “Tenno.”

In February, the successor to Japan’s imperial throne, Crown Prince Naruhito, confirmed that he would continue the work of his parents.

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