Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the formal enthronement of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan on November 12, 1990. Crowds estimated in the tens of thousands turned out to cheer their best wishes on the 20th anniversary of their Emperor along with parades, parties and speeches by various dignitaries. The Prime Minister introduced the Emperor and Empress and led the crowd in three rousing cheers of "Banzai!" to the Imperial couple. 50,000 converged on the Imperial Palace for a lantern-light ceremony and concert for the Emperor in a touching tribute to the strong loyalty and devotion that still binds the Japanese people to their Emperor and ancient monarchy. It is fitting to remember how successful Japan has been over the years in being at the same time modern and forward-thinking while always maintaining respect for their culture and traditions and the timeless institutions that unite them. The Mad Monarchist joins all the Japanese people in congratulating His Imperial Majesty on his 20th anniversary and wishing the Emperor many more years to reign over the island nation of the Rising Sun. Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!