The Reading / Listening - Japanese Emperor - Level 1

Japan's emperor has abdicated for the first time in 200 years. Emperor Akihito, 85, was emperor for 30 years. He stepped down because of his health. He has been slowing down recently and had some health scares. He thinks his son, Naruhito, is better able to carry out the emperor's duties. People will remember Emperor Akihito for his personal touch. He always visited people after earthquakes, tsunami and other disasters.



Emperor Naruhito, 59, became the 126th emperor of the world's oldest monarchy. He spent two years at Oxford University. His wife, the new Empress Masako, studied at Harvard University. In a ceremony, Naruhito received a sacred sword, a jewel and official seals that are thousands of years old. The ceremony was in the middle of a ten-day Japanese holiday. Millions of Japanese people watched the historic event on their TVs and smartphones.

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Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/29/national/japans-peaceful-heisei-era-leaves-legacy-change-growth-tragedy/
  • https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3008145/japans-emperor-akihito-abdicates-and-crown-prince-naruhito
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/world/asia/japan-emperor-women.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. abdicated for the first time
  2. He stepped down because
  3. He has been slowing
  4. health
  5. better able to carry out
  6. his personal
  7. He always visited people
  8. tsunami and
  1. the emperor's duties
  2. after earthquakes
  3. of his health
  4. other disasters
  5. down recently
  6. scares
  7. in 200 years
  8. touch

Paragraph 2

  1. Emperor Naruhito, 59, became
  2. the world's oldest
  3. He spent two years
  4. seals that are thousands
  5. in the middle of a ten-
  6. Millions of
  7. watched the historic
  8. on their TVs
  1. at Oxford University
  2. event
  3. day Japanese holiday
  4. and smartphones
  5. the 126th emperor
  6. of years old
  7. monarchy
  8. Japanese people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan's emperor (1) ___________________ the first time in 200 years. Emperor Akihito, 85, (2) ___________________ 30 years. He stepped down (3) ___________________ health. He has been slowing down recently and (4) ___________________ scares. He thinks his son, Naruhito, is better able to carry out the emperor's duties. (5) ___________________ Emperor Akihito for his personal touch. He always visited people after earthquakes, (6) ___________________ disasters.

Emperor Naruhito, 59, (7) ___________________ emperor of the world's oldest monarchy. He (8) ___________________ at Oxford University. His wife, the new Empress Masako, studied at Harvard University. (9) ___________________, Naruhito received a sacred sword, a jewel and (10) ___________________ are thousands of years old. The ceremony was (11) ___________________ of a ten-day Japanese holiday. Millions of Japanese people watched the (12) ___________________ their TVs and smartphones.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japan'semperorhasabdicatedforthefirsttimein200years.EmperorAk
ihito,85,wasemperorfor30years.Hesteppeddownbecauseofhishealt
h.Hehasbeenslowingdownrecentlyandhadsomehealthscares.Hethin
kshisson,Naruhito,isbetterabletocarryouttheemperor'sduties.Peopl
ewillrememberEmperorAkihitoforhispersonaltouch.Healwaysvisite
dpeopleafterearthquakes,tsunamiandotherdisasters.EmperorNaru
hito,59,becamethe126themperoroftheworld'soldestmonarchy.Hes
penttwoyearsatOxfordUniversity.Hiswife,thenewEmpressMasako,s
tudiedatHarvardUniversity.Inaceremony,Naruhitoreceivedasacred
sword,ajewelandofficialsealsthatarethousandsofyearsold.Thecere
monywasinthemiddleofaten-dayJapaneseholiday.MillionsofJapanes
epeoplewatchedthehistoriceventontheirTVsandsmartphones.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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