Japan to Hold Key Event for Prince Akishino in April 2020

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan plans to hold in April 2020 the "Rikkoshi no Rei" ceremony to proclaim Prince Akishino as first in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne following the Imperial succession in 2019, government sources said Wednesday.

As early as Friday, the government will launch a committee led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on ceremonies related to the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito to start full discussions to outline the events including the schedule for Rikkoshi no Rei for the younger brother of the Crown Prince.

The basic policy adopted by the government in April this year said the abdication ceremony will take place on April 30, 2019 and the enthronement-related events from May 1 to autumn the same year.

Under the policy, Rikkoshi no Rei is scheduled to take place a year after the Imperial succession, but no date for the event was mentioned.

The Imperial Family is busy with many events in January, and the Crown Prince reaches his birthday in February. In 2020, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are slated for summer.

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