Emperor Akihito, right, departs from a ritual where he reported his abdication to the throne on Tuesday, April 30.
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In photos: Emperor Akihito steps down in Japan

Updated 1:53 PM ET, Tue April 30, 2019

Emperor Akihito, right, departs from a ritual where he reported his abdication to the throne on Tuesday, April 30.
Japan Pool/AP

On Tuesday, Emperor Akihito became the first Japanese monarch in 200 years to abdicate his post.

Crown Prince Naruhito will be inaugurated as his replacement on Wednesday, ushering in the Reiwa era.

Akihito's reign -- known as the Heisei era -- officially ends at midnight. Hereafter, he will be known as Emperor Emeritus Akihito.