Naruhito, (born 23 February 1960) is the current emperor of Japan. He acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1 May 2019, beginning the Reiwa era, following the abdication of his father, Akihito.

Naruhito was born in Tokyo as the eldest child of Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko. He became the heir apparent upon his father's accession as Emperor on 7 January 1989, following the death of Emperor Shōwa, and was formally invested as Crown Prince in 1991.

On 1 December 2017, the government announced that Naruhito's father, Emperor Akihito, would abdicate on 30 April 2019, and that Naruhito would become the 126th emperor of Japan as of 1 May 2019. The transition took place at midnight. Naruhito's place as emperor was formalized in a ceremony on the morning of 1 May. In his first statement as emperor, he pledged to reflect deeply on the course followed by his father, and fulfill his constitutional responsibility "as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people of Japan".

In 1993, he married Harvard graduate and diplomat Masako Owada, with whom he has a daughter: Aiko, Princess Toshi (born 2001).

Naruhito is interested in water policy and water conservation, and likes to play viola. He is an honorary president of the 2020 Summer Olympics and 2020 Summer Paralympics and is a supporter of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

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