Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday. Issei Kato/ Reuters
Emperor Naruhito urged Japan to work together for world peace as he made his first public appearance on Saturday in front of a cheering, flag-waving crowd of tens of thousands.
“I sincerely wish that our country, hand-in-hand with foreign countries, seeks world peace and further development,” said the 59-year-old Naruhito, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday.
Japan’s 126th emperor wore a morning coat to make the brief appearance on a glass-covered balcony of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, along with other adult royals including Empress Masako.
Masako donned an elegant yellow, long-sleeved dress with a matching hat and pearl necklace.
Emperor and empress emeritus, Akihito and Michiko, did not join their children as they have decided to withdraw from official duties after their three-decade reign.
Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in more than two centuries.
The royal family were scheduled to make a total of six appearances throughout the day, with some 50,000 people gathered before the main gate of the palace before the first one, according to national broadcaster NHK.
More elaborate festivities are planned for Oct.22 when he and Masako will appear in traditional robes for a palace ceremony before parading through the streets of Tokyo to be congratulated by a host of world leaders and royals.
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