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Emperor Naruhito takes throne day after his father abdicates


TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will perform his first ritual Wednesday 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 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.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet earlier Wednesday approved the male-only ritual as an official duty under Japan's Constitution....

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