AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

In this April 30, 2019, photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, speaks during the ceremony of his abdication in front of other members of the royal families and top government officials at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The 85-year-old Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday as his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum throne on Wednesday. (Japan Pool via AP)

AP Photos: Emperor Naruhito succeeds to Japan's imperial throne, while Thailand prepares for coronation ceremonies of its monarch; workers rally on May Day; children enjoy an amusement park visit

Emperor Naruhito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father Akihito abdicated in a series of rituals and ceremonies in Japan.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, workers marked May Day with rallies in cities and by demanding better working conditions.

Thailand is preparing for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama X.

In South Korea, children whose heads were shaved as part of a religious event enjoyed an amusement park visit. The children entered temples to experience monastic life for three weeks in advance of Buddha's birthday on May 12.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Wally Santana in Bangkok.

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