Abe to Give Address at Imperial Succession Ceremonies

Politics Society

Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will deliver an address as a representative of the people of Japan at ceremonies related to Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30 and Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne the following day, the government decided Tuesday.

The decision was made at the fourth meeting of a committee, chaired by Abe, to oversee a series of ceremonies related to the Imperial succession.

"The government will make thorough preparations to ensure the ceremonies that mark our nation's historical milestone proceed smoothly," Abe said at the meeting.

At the meeting, details of the series of ceremonies to be held on April 30 and May 1 were mapped out.

The appointment of Japanese "kyogen" traditional comic play actor Nomura Mansai, 52, as the overall adviser for cultural events at a banquet on Oct. 23, to be hosted by the prime minister and his wife, was also reported to the meeting.

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