Japan Sets Up Panel on Imperial Succession Ceremonies

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government set up a committee on Friday to oversee a series of ceremonies related to Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30, 2019, and Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne the following day.

At its first meeting later on Friday, the committee, chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, decided to hold the "Rikkoshi no Rei" ceremony on April 19, 2020, to declare the elevation of Prince Akishino, the second son of the incumbent Emperor, to the first heir to the Imperial Throne.

Abe also unveiled a plan to designate May 1, 2019, the day of Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement, and Oct. 22 in the same year, the day of the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony to proclaim his enthronement, as national holidays.

The government will submit a bill for the holiday designations during an extraordinary session of parliament, expected to start from Oct. 24.

If the legislation is enacted, Japan will have a 10-day run of holidays from April 27 to May 6, 2019, reflecting Article 3 of the national holidays law, which stipulates that any weekday sandwiched between national holidays will be a public holiday, if not a law-designated national holiday.

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