Japan's Emperor Akihito formally abdicated Tuesday during a historic ceremony in Tokyo, becoming the country's first monarch to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne in two centuries.
Police in Japan have tightened security around Emperor Akihito's 12-year-old grandson after two knives were found near his school desk.
Less than 100 years ago, the Japanese Emperor was seen as a god in human form. But over the past three decades, Emperor Akihito has done everything to humanize himself.
It's the dawning of the age of ... something.
Japan's much-loved Emperor Akihito will stand down on April 30, 2019, becoming the first Japanese monarch to abdicate his post in two centuries.