Japan holds an “Imperial Succession” ceremony in which the younger brother of the Emperor becomes the first heir to the throne.

From Tokyo sources, the Japanese imperial family local time on the morning of November 8, the ceremony of “the ceremony of the establishment of the imperial heir”, the younger brother of the current Emperor Tokujin, Prince Akishinomiya Fumihito officially became the first heir to the throne of Japan. The ceremony was attended by dozens of people, including representatives of Japan’s imperial family and Prime Minister Kan Yoshihide.

According to the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) reported on November 8, 11:00 a.m., the core of the entire ceremony, “the ceremony to declare an heir apparent” was held in the palace “Matsuma”, Emperor Tokujin announced the establishment of Akishinomiya as the heir apparent, then Akishinomiya became the heir apparent after the announcement of the Talk. The emperor said that day, “Prince Fumihito will be the heir according to the royal model and will be widely announced both at home and abroad.” Afterwards, Prince Fumihito and his wife, dressed in the “yellow robes” of the crown prince, bowed to the emperor and his wife and promised that they would “do their duty.” Kan also spoke afterwards and offered his congratulations. The ceremony ended after about 15 minutes. It was the first time in Japan’s constitutional history that a ceremony was held to declare the emperor’s younger brother as the heir to the throne.

“After the ceremony, Tokujin conferred the “Tsubotsukiri Miken”, the sword of the Akishinomiya guardians of the emperor’s succession, on the “Between the Phoenix”. The “ceremony of an audience with the Emperor” is scheduled to be held at 4:30 pm. It is said that the ceremony for the establishment of an imperial heir is positioned as the final ceremony for the succession to the throne of the Emperor. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be held in April of this year, but was postponed due to the impact of the Neopongyo epidemic. As a precautionary measure against the epidemic, all participants, with the exception of the Tokuhito and Akishonomiya families, were asked to wear masks. The last time the Japanese imperial family established an heir was in February 1991, when Tokujin was crowned crown prince. The current emperor of Japan, Tokujin, born on February 23, 1960, is the first emperor born after World War II and has one daughter with Empress Masako. Tokujin’s father, Emperor Akihito, officially abdicated on April 30, 2019.

It is reported that there was a succession crisis in the Japanese royal family since the late 1990s, when the next generation of Emperor Akihito’s two sons, Crown Prince Tokujin and Prince Akishinomiya Fumihito, were all daughters, a situation that changed until 2006, when Prince Yorin, son of Prince Akishinomiya Fumihito, was born.