Last May, the new King Naruhito held an official ceremony yesterday (22 days) to proclaim the crown. King Naruhito says he will fulfill his mission as king under the Constitution.

I'm correspondent for Tokyo Yuseongjae.


Matsunoma, also known as the pine tree room, holds the most formal events in Japan's royal palace.

The purple awning covering the throne called Takamikura is lifted and the crowning ceremony begins.

King Naruhito officially proclaimed his crown in the tan traditional robes that symbolized the sun.

I continued the usual remarks of my father, King Akihito, and wished the happiness of the Japanese people and world peace.

By emphasizing the king's mission under the Constitution, he indirectly expressed his commitment to the defense of the peace constitution.

[King Naruhito: Under the Constitution, I swear to fulfill my mission as a symbol of the integration of Japan and Japanese people.]

King Naruhito's remarks were the same as in May, but it was clearly contrary to Prime Minister Abe, who is pursuing a constitutional amendment.

There was no constitution in Abe's address.

[Abe / Japanese Prime Minister: We will do our best to create an era where culture grows while people are beautifully sharing their hearts. Long live the Emperor!]

In the rain, more than 2,000 congratulatory ambassadors attended, including Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon and 183 countries.

King Akihito did not attend, and his daughter, Aiko and his nephew Hisahito, who became second in the ranks of the throne, were also underage.