Japan’s emperor greets public in parade marking enthronement

Japan’s emperor greets public in parade marking enthronement

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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have waved and smiled from an open car in a motorcade marking his enthronement before hundreds of thousands of people.

Delighted well-wishers cheered and waved small flags and took photos from both sides of packed pavements in Tokyo.

Security was extremely tight with police setting up 40 checkpoints leading to the area.

Selfie sticks, bottles and banners — and even shouting — were not allowed inside the restricted zone.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave to spectators

Residents in high-rise apartments along the road were advised not to look down from their windows or balconies.

Naruhito succeeded his father Akihito on May 1 following his abdication, and formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in a palace ceremony last month.

The parade started from the Imperial Palace with the Kimigayo national anthem played by the marching band.

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