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作者:佚名    文章来源:CNN News    点击数:17    更新时间:2019/12/21 (第12教学周)  

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Officially, the Pacific nation of Japan has had a new emperor since May, shortly after Emperor Akihito abdicated-- or gave up-- his throne. But it wasn't until this week that his son, Naruhito, made his enthronement and that of his wife official. This is the ceremony in which a new Japanese emperor proclaims his status to the world. It's a centuries-old tradition filled with rituals and attended by more than 100 high-ranking officials from around the globe. And it's all for a position that's mostly ceremonial. Japan is officially a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Though its emperor is a symbol of the country and the unity of the Japanese people, its decision-making power is in the hands of elected politicians. Of course some of them were also at the ceremony. Will Ripley explains the event.

WILL RIPLEY: The curtain opens on Japan's Reiwa, the era of beautiful harmony. From atop a pavilion in Pine Hall, the most prestigious place in Tokyo's imperial palace, Emperor Naruhito officially declares his enthronement.

EMPEROR NARUHITO: [SPEAKING JAPANESE]

INTERPRETER: Always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world.

The visuals are very impressive today, the taking of the throne, 1,000-year tradition. But it's what they will do going forward with this message of promoting peace, promoting happiness. This is the Reiwa era that we have anticipated and that they are going to fulfill.

WILL RIPLEY: Adorned in 30-pound robes styled centuries ago, the new emperor and Empress Masako are a surprisingly modern couple. He went to Oxford, she went to Harvard, both speak English, perfect for hobnobbing with dignitaries from 174 countries, including Britain's Prince Charles, who also attended the throne of Emperor Emeritus Akihito in 1990. Akihito abdicated more than five months ago, and did not attend today's enthronement, keeping the spotlight on his son. Prime minister Shinzo Abe briefly put politics aside, shouting--

SHINZO ABE: [SPEAKING JAPANESE]

WILL RIPLEY: --long live the emperor, before resuming an exhausting schedule of at least 50 bilateral meetings, with leaders from nearly every corner of the world.

This is perhaps Japan's biggest moment in the global spotlight until next summer's Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Will Ripley, CNN, Tokyo.
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