Japan Not to Change State Financing of Emperor Rite

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will not change its plans to use state funds for the coming Daijosai, a key ceremony for the new Emperor, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura said Friday.

Nishimura was speaking after Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, signaled his opposition to public financing for Daijosai, a Shinto-linked ceremony, to be performed by Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest son, in November 2019 after his accession to the throne in May that year.

"The government is not considering any new action," Nishimura told a news conference.

Speaking to reporters before his 53rd birthday on Friday, Prince Akishino questioned whether it is appropriate to use state funds for Daijosai, which he described as a "highly religious" event. Costs for the ceremony should be covered by the personal funds of the Imperial Family, he said.

Daijosai, in which a new Emperor offers prayers for the well-being of the people and a good harvest, is regarded as the most important enthronement-related ceremony he performs.

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