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Thursday, 12th November 2009
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Japanese emperor celebrates 20 years

The Japanese emperor Akihito has today (November 12th) celebrated the 20th anniversary of his coronation.

As part of a celebration in the Japanese capital city Tokyo, tens of thousands of people lined the streets to watch a parade to mark the occasion.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the event, Emperor Akihito - who took the throne in 1989 - said that the nation must not forget the lessons learned from the second world war.

"What worries me most is that the history of the past will gradually be forgotten. The reign of my father began at a very difficult time. There are many lessons that we can learn from the 60-some years of his reign," he said.

Also speaking at the conference, the Emperor's wife Empress Michiko said that the nation must not "lose its habit" of congratulating those who reach old age.

Japan is widely known to be facing a population crisis, with the country having the oldest population in the world and 40,000 of its citizens are already aged 100 or over.

Written by Kimberley Homer.