At the end of the ceremony, Akihito descended from the dais and took the hand of Michiko (second left) as she stepped down. AFP / Japan Pool / STR
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Akihito, 85, the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries, had sought to ease the painful memories of World War II and bring the monarchy closer to the people, including those marginalized in society.The popular Akihito was the first monarch to take the Chrysanthemum Throne under a postwar constitution that defines the emperor as a symbol of the people without political power.Akihito, together with Empress Michiko, his wife of 60 years and the first commoner to marry an imperial heir, carved out an active role as a symbol of reconciliation, peace and democracy.The Heisei imperial era, which began on Jan. 8, 1989, after Akihito inherited the throne, saw economic stagnation, natural disasters and rapid technological change.
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