Emperor to Declare Enthronement from Throne in Oct. Ceremony


Tokyo, June 20 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Emperor Naruhito will declare his enthronement from the "Takamikura" canopied throne placed at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo during the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony on Oct. 22, it was decided Thursday.

Outlines of enthronement-related ceremonies including Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi were decided at the sixth meeting of the government's committee on the ceremonies, held in the prime minister's office.

Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi, held in the palace's "Matsu-no-Ma" state room, will follow the style used by the previous Emperor, current Emperor Emeritus Akihito, in 1990, after he acceded to the throne in 1989.

After Emperor Naruhito gives a short speech, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will express felicitations and gave three cheers of "banzai," or hurray, for the new Emperor.

"It's been almost two months since the accession of the Emperor. He has been spending very busy days, and I express my heartfelt gratitude," Abe said at the committee meeting. "We will continue to engage in active discussions so that each ceremony will be held smoothly."

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