Countries That Still Have Kings & Queens

Japan

TOKYO, Japan (April 24, 2014) U.S. President Barack Obama participates in the welcome ceremony with their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Imperial Palace during his state visit to Japan. [State Department photo by William Ng/Public domain]

The power of today’s emperor of Japan is very narrow and is considered only as a ceremonial figurehead. The reigning emperor of Japan, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito, is the 125th emperor of his line according to Japanese tradition.

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