Japan’s new emperor: Who is Naruhito?
01 May 2019 | 11:00 am
Japan's newly crowned emperor, Naruhito, has said he wants to continue the work of his father in bringing the monarchy closer to the people. But he faces personal and public challenges. Martin Fritz reports.
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