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Japan: Protesters and supporters gather as Emperor Naruhito enthroned in Tokyo02:41

Japan: Protesters and supporters gather as Emperor Naruhito enthroned in Tokyo

Japan, Tokyo
October 22, 2019 at 13:55 GMT -00:00 · Published

An anti-imperialist demonstration held simultaneously during the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday in Tokyo was far quieter than had been expected, with no major disruption or incidents to report.

500 anti-imperialist demonstrators took place in the opposing demo, according to local media, which saw three arrests. They demanded an end to the imperial system and objected to the enthronement ceremony, which they say violates the separation of religion and the state outlined in Japan's constitution.

The ceremony saw around 2,000 supporters in attendance, with 26,000 police officers drafted in from surrounding areas.

Crowds celebrated ushering in the new 'Reiwa' era, as they marked the end of the previous ‘Heisei’ period, which having lasted for thirty years, had been plagued by natural disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis.

The ceremony included three rounds of the traditional Banzai chant, following the national anthem. Supporters who were gathered outside the Imperial Palace, described being especially “proud” of being Japanese and to “witness such a precious time.”

Japan: Protesters and supporters gather as Emperor Naruhito enthroned in Tokyo02:41
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An anti-imperialist demonstration held simultaneously during the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday in Tokyo was far quieter than had been expected, with no major disruption or incidents to report.

500 anti-imperialist demonstrators took place in the opposing demo, according to local media, which saw three arrests. They demanded an end to the imperial system and objected to the enthronement ceremony, which they say violates the separation of religion and the state outlined in Japan's constitution.

The ceremony saw around 2,000 supporters in attendance, with 26,000 police officers drafted in from surrounding areas.

Crowds celebrated ushering in the new 'Reiwa' era, as they marked the end of the previous ‘Heisei’ period, which having lasted for thirty years, had been plagued by natural disasters including earthquakes and tsunamis.

The ceremony included three rounds of the traditional Banzai chant, following the national anthem. Supporters who were gathered outside the Imperial Palace, described being especially “proud” of being Japanese and to “witness such a precious time.”

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