Japan to Fully Start Preparations for Oct. Enthronement Events

Politics Society

Tokyo, May 3 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is set to fully start preparations for a series of ceremonies in October linked to the enthronement of new Emperor Naruhito, after the current 10-day holiday period ends on Monday.

The biggest of the events will be "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi" on Oct. 22, for proclaiming the enthronement of the new Emperor. Emperor Naruhito ascended to the Imperial throne on Wednesday, after his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, abdicated on Tuesday.

The government plans to invite heads of state and government, and other officials from 195 countries for Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, expecting a total of some 2,500 people to attend the event. Celebratory banquets and a parade are also planned to be carried out.

At a meeting later in May, a relevant government commission will review three abdication- and enthronement-related ceremonies held on Tuesday and Wednesday, and start discussions on specifics of the October ceremonies.

In the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi ceremony, Emperor Naruhito, dressed in a traditional costume exclusive for Emperors, will publicly declare his enthronement from the "Takamikura" throne placed in the "Matsu-no-Ma" state room at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and receive felicitations of representatives from Japan and the world.

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