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  • Passengers walk by a large screen which says “Congratulations Reiwa, Thank you Heisei,” near Yurakucho Station in Tokyo on Monday, a day before Emperor Akihito’s abdication that ends Japan’s Heisei era. Photo: IC Photo_ Gallery: An Era Ends in Japan
     
     
    Passengers walk by a large screen which says “Congratulations Reiwa, Thank you Heisei,” near Yurakucho Station in Tokyo on Monday, a day before Emperor Akihito’s abdication that ends Japan’s Heisei era. Photo: IC Photo
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Gallery: An Era Ends in Japan

Japan will wave farewell to the Heisei era and welcome the Reiwa era on May 1 when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the throne. His father, Emperor Akihito began the process of stepping down on Tuesday, the first imperial abdication in Japan in about 200 years

04.30.2019
Passengers walk by a large screen which says “Congratulations Reiwa, Thank you Heisei,” near Yurakucho Station in Tokyo on Monday, a day before Emperor Akihito’s abdication that ends Japan’s Heisei era. Photo: IC Photo
Japan’s Emperor Akihito leaves after attending a ceremony called Taiirei-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omae-no-Gi, in which the emperor reports his abdication to his ancestors, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: IC Photo
Locals and tourists wait outside the Imperial Palace as Emperor Akihito attends abdication rituals. Photo: IC Photo
Police officers guard the Imperial Palace on Tuesday. Photo: IC Photo
Imperial Palace is seen from above on Monday. Photo: IC Photo
People line up in Tokyo on April 26 to buy special stamps which commemorate the change of era. Photo: IC Photo

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Gallery: An Era Ends in Japan