Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has marked his 57th birthday by announcing he is ready to become emperor upon the expected abdication of his father, Akihito.
In this way, is Japan a monarchy?
The government of Japan is a constitutional monarchy in which the power of the Emperor is limited and is relegated primarily to ceremonial duties. As in many other states, the Government is divided into three branches: the Executive branch, the Legislative branch and the Judicial branch.
Who is the youngest person in the Japanese imperial family?
Japan's Imperial family currently consists of 23 members spanning four generations. The oldest, Prince Mikasa, was born in 1915 and is the youngest brother of the late Emperor Hirohito. The youngest is 5-year-old Prince Hisahito, Akihito's only grandson.
Where does the emperor of Japan live?
In 1989, Emperor Akihito became Japan's 125th emperor. He is married to Empress Michiko, the first empress who did not come from the nobility. Their eldest son is Crown Prince Naruhito. The Emperor resides in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.