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Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers gathered for the annual New Year's greetings at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2016.
Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers gathered for the annual New Year's greetings at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2016.

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Who is Emperor Akihito of Japan?

Emperor Akihito, son and successor of Japan's World War II-era leader Emperor Hirohito, is the 125th holder of the Chrysanthemum Throne, the world's oldest hereditary monarchy.

Who is Emperor Akihito of Japan?

Emperor Akihito, son and successor of Japan's World War II-era leader Emperor Hirohito, is the 125th holder of the Chrysanthemum Throne, the world's oldest hereditary monarchy.