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Tens of thousands attend event for emperor's enthronement

Emperor Naruhito thanked tens of thousands of well-wishers who gathered outside the palace Saturday to congratulate his enthronement at a ceremony organized by conservative political and business groups.
Naruhito and Empress Masako greeted well-wishers from the Nijubashi bridge overlooking the crowd who shouted cheers of Banzai, or long live, for the emperor in unison, while waving Japanese "rising sun" flags.
The royal couple held paper lanterns and moved them up and down in harmony with the Banzai cheers.
Naruhito, who has pledged to stay close to the people, expressed his sympathy to the victims and residents hit by deadly storms last month.
"I deeply appreciate that so many of you gathered despite the cold weather today to celebrate my enthronement," said Naruhito, standing next to his Harvard-educated wife, also a former diplomat.
Tens of thousands attend event for emperor's enthronement
Arashi perform a song composed for the celebration event to mark the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito. Photo: Pool via Reuters
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