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Naruhito (徳仁, born 23 February 1960) is the current emperor of Japan.[2][3] Naruhito is the eldest son of former emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. He was originally known as His Imperial Highness The Prince Hiro but was later given the title of Crown Prince in 1991.

Emperor Naruhito at TICAD7 (cropped).jpg
Naruhito in August 2019
Emperor of Japan
Reign1 May 2019 – present
Enthronement22 October 2019[1]
Heir presumptiveFumihito
Prime MinistersShinzō Abe
BornNaruhito (徳仁)
(1960-02-23) 23 February 1960 (age 59)
Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Masako Owada (m. 1993)
IssueAiko, Princess Toshi
HouseImperial House of Japan
MotherMichiko Shōda

His father Emperor Akihito announced in December 2017 that he would abdicate on 30 April 2019.[4] Naruhito became emperor on 1 May 2019 and the enthronement was held on 22 October 2019.[5]


Naruhito and his wife Masako have one child, Aiko, Princess Toshi.

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 23 February 1960 – 23 February 1991: His Imperial Highness The Prince Hiro
  • 23 February 1991 – 30 April 2019: His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan
  • 1 May 2019 – present: His Majesty The Emperor


  1. "What to watch at the Emperor's enthronement ceremonies". NHK. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  2. "Japan's Emperor Akihito abdicates". 2019-04-30. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  3. "Naruhito is new emperor of Japan; 'Reiwa' era begins". Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  4. Enjoji, Kaori (December 1, 2017). "Japan Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019". CNN. Tokyo. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  5. Japan's Emperor proclaims enthronement in ancient-style ceremony