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Akihito says he feels “lucky” to have served as emperor

Tokyo / Emperor Akihito said he feels “lucky” to have developed his functions “with a deep sense of trust and respect for the people,” in his last words in office pronounced at his abdication ceremony.

“Today, I conclude my duties as emperor,” said the Emperor of Japan at the beginning of his brief speech during the ceremony, held at the Imperial Palace before 294 participants, including representatives of the royal family and the three branches of power.

After thanking the Prime Minister of Japan for his words, Shinzo Abe, who preceded him in the ceremony, also wanted to thank the Japanese people “for supporting him and accepting him in his role as a symbol of the State.”

Akihito, 85, addressed the audience at the abdication ceremony, which lasted just over ten minutes and was held at the Room of Pine, the largest and tallest in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The Sacred Treasures guarded by Akihito

Before his intervention, the chamberlains presented two of the Three Sacred Treasures which Akihito has guarded during his three decades on the throne and which symbolize the power of office, in addition to the imperial seals used to sign official documents.

The act concluded when Akihito left the room, accompanied by the chamberlains who carried the chests with the Sacred Treasures, and followed by Michiko and the other adult members of the imperial family.

The proclamation of Naruhito

According to the Japanese imperial protocol, Akihito continued being emperor until midnight yesterday, while the proclamation of his firstborn and crown prince, Naruhito, will take place this Wednesday starting at 10.30 local time (01.30 GMT).

In August 2016, Akihito announced that his age and health problems prevented him from fully fulfilling his duties as emperor.

That announcement on television gave way to a series of political decisions for his abdication, a possibility that was not contemplated in the legal scheme then in force, until a specific law was approved in that sense. (May 1, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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la proclamación de Naruhito como emperador de Japón.
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los motivos por los que Akihito ha abdicado.
C
la ceremonia de abdicación de Akihito.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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Akihito no mencionó al pueblo japonés durante esa ceremonia.
B
Akihito dijo que realizó sus funciones con un gran respeto hacia el pueblo japonés.
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Akihito nunca ha tenido problemas de salud.
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Según el texto, esa ceremonia duró... (According to the text, that ceremony lasted...)    
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unos pocos minutos.
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más de una hora.
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un par de días. 
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Según el texto, Naruhito... (According to the text, Naruhito...)  
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será proclamado emperador este miércoles.
B
será proclamado emperador la semana que viene.
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fue proclamado emperador el pasado martes.
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En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)  
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esa ceremonia no tuvo lugar en la capital de Japón.
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Akihito goza de buena salud.
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no es la primera vez que un emperador abdica en Japón.
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'Nipón' es lo mismo que... ('Nipón' is the same thing that...)
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japonés.
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asiático.
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chino.
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El artículo determinado para 'intervención' es: (The determined article for 'intervención' is:)
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la
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lo
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el
Question 3
Un 'chambelán' es... (A 'chambelán' is...)
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el heredero al trono.
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un noble que sirve a un rey en su cámara.
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un portavoz del primer ministro de Japón.
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Se habla de 'abdicación' cuando... (It's talked about 'abdicación' when...)
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un rey no quiere renunciar a la corona.
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un rey renuncia a la corona o la cede.
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se corona a una persona emperador.
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'Agradecer' es... ('Agradecer' is...)
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dar las gracias.
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ser felicitado por otros.
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dar ánimos a alguien.
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