The Reading / Listening - Japanese Emperor - Level 2

Japan's emperor has abdicated for the first time in 200 years. Emperor Akihito stepped down from the throne on April 30. He was emperor for 30 years. His son Crown Prince Naruhito is the new emperor. Akihito stepped down because of his health. He is 85 and has been slowing down recently. He has also had some health scares. He thinks his son is better able to carry out the duties of emperor. Emperor Akihito will be remembered for his personal touch with his people after many national disasters. 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. She was a diplomat. A ceremony took place in which Naruhito received a sacred sword, a jewel and official seals that date back thousands of years. The ceremony took place in the middle of a Japanese holiday that was extended to ten days to celebrate the new emperor. Millions of Japanese 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
  2. He was emperor
  3. Akihito stepped down because
  4. He has also had some
  5. carry out the duties
  6. remembered for his
  7. He always visited people
  8. tsunami and other
  1. health scares
  2. disasters
  3. of emperor
  4. for 30 years
  5. after earthquakes
  6. of his health
  7. time in 200 years
  8. personal touch

Paragraph 2

  1. Emperor Naruhito, 59, became
  2. the world's oldest
  3. He spent two years
  4. She was a
  5. A ceremony took
  6. Naruhito received a sacred
  7. a Japanese holiday that was
  8. Millions of Japanese watched
  1. at Oxford University
  2. place
  3. diplomat
  4. extended to ten days
  5. the 126th emperor
  6. the historic event
  7. monarchy
  8. sword

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan's emperor has (1) ___________________ first time in 200 years. Emperor Akihito stepped down (2) ___________________ on April 30. He was emperor for 30 years. His son Crown Prince Naruhito is the new emperor. Akihito stepped down because of his health. He is 85 and has (3) ___________________ recently. He has also had some health scares. He thinks his son is (4) ___________________ carry out the duties of emperor. Emperor Akihito will be remembered for his (5) ___________________ his people after many national disasters. He always visited people after earthquakes, (6) ___________________ disasters.

Emperor Naruhito, 59, became (7) ___________________ of the world's oldest monarchy. He (8) ___________________ at Oxford University. His wife, the new Empress Masako, studied at Harvard University. She (9) ___________________. A ceremony took place in which Naruhito received (10) ___________________, a jewel and official seals that date back thousands of years. The ceremony took place in (11) ___________________ a Japanese holiday that was extended to ten days to celebrate the new emperor. Millions of Japanese watched (12) ___________________ on their TVs and smartphones.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japan'semperorhasabdicatedforthefirsttimein200years.EmperorAk
ihitosteppeddownfromthethroneonApril30.Hewasemperorfor30yea
rs.HissonCrownPrinceNaruhitoisthenewemperor.Akihitosteppeddo
wnbecauseofhishealth.Heis85andhasbeenslowingdownrecently.He
hasalsohadsomehealthscares.Hethinkshissonisbetterabletocarryou
tthedutiesofemperor.EmperorAkihitowillberememberedforhisperso
naltouchwithhispeopleaftermanynationaldisasters.Healwaysvisited
peopleafterearthquakes,tsunamiandotherdisasters.EmperorNaruhi
to,59,becamethe126themperoroftheworld'soldestmonarchy.Hespe
nttwoyearsatOxfordUniversity.Hiswife,thenewEmpressMasako,stu
diedatHarvardUniversity.Shewasadiplomat.Aceremonytookplacein
whichNaruhitoreceivedasacredsword,ajewelandofficialsealsthatdat
ebackthousandsofyears.TheceremonytookplaceinthemiddleofaJap
aneseholidaythatwasextendedtotendaystocelebratethenewempero
r.MillionsofJapanesewatchedthehistoriceventontheirTVsandsmartp
hones.

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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