|File:Emperor Akihito 198901 (cropped).jpg|
|Emperor of Japan|
|Reign||7 January 1989 – 30 April 2019|
|Enthronement||12 November 1990|
|Born||23 December 1933|
Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
|Issue||Naruhito, Emperor of Japan|
Fumihito, Prince Akishino
Sayako, Princess Nori
|House||Imperial House of Japan|
Emperor Akihito (明仁天皇 Akihito-tennō, born 23 December 1933) was the emperor of Japan from 1989 to 2019, He was the 125th emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession. He is head of the Imperial House of Japan.
What the emperor does
The emperor has many duties and responsibilities. For example, he regularly
- takes part in affairs of according to the Constitution of Japan.
- attends various events and ceremonies held at the Imperial Palace.
- attends ceremonies in Tokyo.
- makes appearances at a variety of ceremonies in various parts in Japan
- visits welfare facilities.
- visits regions where disasters hit
- visits other countries
- helps transmit the traditional culture of Japan
As a personal interest, Akihito studies fish.
Titles and styles
- 23 December 1933 – 10 November 1952: His Imperial Highness The Prince Tsugu
- 10 November 1952 – 7 January 1989: His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan
- 7 January 1989 – 30 April 2019: His Majesty The Emperor of Japan
- 1 May 2019 – present: His Majesty The Emperor Emeritus
- Order of the Chrysanthemum, Japan
- Order of the Rising Sun, Japan
- Order of the Sacred Treasure, Japan
- Order of Culture, Japan
- Order of the Garter, UK
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- Imperial Household Agency (English); (Japanese)
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