Costs for "Daijosai" Imperial Rite to Total 2.7 B. Yen

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Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Imperial Household Agency said Friday expenses for "Daijosai," a key ceremony performed by Crown Prince Naruhito next year after his accession to the throne, will total 2,719 million yen, up 470 million yen from the previous rite held in 1990.

The agency plans to scale down the "Daijokyu" complex to be used for the ceremony in a bid to reduce spending, but steep growth in personnel and materials costs will push up the total outlays.

The government set aside 1,866 million yen in spending for Daijosai in its draft budget for fiscal 2019, which starts in April.

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

The coming ceremony, scheduled for Nov. 14-15, 2019, will be held after Crown Prince Naruhito assumes the throne on May 1 that year following the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito, the day before.

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