<!– — Japan just welcomed the birth of its new era on May 1st, when Crown Prince Naruhito succeeded the throne upon the abdication of his father Jōkō Akihito on April 30th. Image: Facebook This is the first time in Japan’s history to start a new era with an abdication rather than the passing of a monarch. As part of the celebrations, the country recently enjoyed a 10-day Golden Week (the official celebration was May 1st, but there were other…