Japan’s next emperor is a modern, multilingual environmentalist

For the first time in 217 years, a Japanese emperor will cede his place on the imperial throne. On April 30, Japan’s ailing 85-year-old Emperor Akihito will abdicate and be replaced the following day by his 59-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Naruhito and his wife, Crown Princess Masako, are a m…

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