"the university-educated, multilingual and with years of experience of living abroad: Japan's new kejsarpar has already broken new ground."
"But much more than symbols, they will most certainly never be."
"The 59-year-old crown prince Naruhito has taken over as the new emperor in Japan, after his father Akihito, has abdicated at age 85."
" When I now take over the throne, I promise that I will always think about the people. And at the same time as I am approaching them in the discharge of my duties as a symbol of the japanese state and the japanese society agreement in accordance with the constitution, " said the smiling Naruhito, in his first speech after he assumed office, according to Reuters."
"Born 23 February 1960, Naruhito, the first japanese prince to grow up under the same roof as their parents and brothers and sisters – children in the imperial family had previously been raised by a nanny and teachers, writes the AFP news agency. After having studied the history of Japan, he took out during the 1980s, further studies at Oxford, in the year he has described as positive and formative."
"His wife Masako Owada comes from a known diplomatfamilj and studied at Harvard and Oxford. When the couple married in 1993, she left a promising diplomatkarriär behind."
"Lars Vargö, the former ambassador in Tokyo, and a phd in japanese history and author of several books about japanese culture, think that Naruhito will continue the modernisation of nourishing as the previous emperor in a certain extent pursued."
"– a Little bit he still need to move, to be a little more modern. But he can not change in any revolutionary way. It is a very traditional and sluggish hovförvaltning he has to relate to, and according to the constitution, they shall only be symbols."
"Naruhito himself has said that the monarchy needs to adapt, he said to the emperor"
"Naruhitos wife Masako has, since the deviation from the diplomatkarriären found it difficult to adapt to the kungalivet and 2004, told the court that she has been treated for stress symptoms, according to the AFP."
"She herself has said that she intends to do her best as empress, but that she is unsure of her new commitment."
"Hopefully, the new empress get a role where she can use their intellect and not just be a shadowy," says Lars Vargö."
"Vargö, who has met Naruhito during his work in Japan, describes the new emperor as a proper and competent person, even if he is not someone who"
"– He is raised to become the emperor and he will do an excellent job."
"In accordance with japanese tradition, was the new empress is not present in the courtroom when her husband was crowned. However, participated for the first time, a woman kröningsceremonin, the politician Satsuki Katayama in the role of minister."
"In connection with Naruhito is crowned the new emperor, may he receive the three regalia in the form of a sword, a mirror and a jewel. The three sacred treasures, as they are called, symbolizes the emperor's legitimacy."
"These objects are considered so important that the Naruhitos grandfather, emperor Hirohito, has said that the preservation of them was one of the reasons why he decided that Japan would surrender in the second world war."
"As sacred objects, they are always enclosed in containers which may not be seen by anyone, not even by the emperor. Therefore, it is not nor does anyone know exactly how they look."