Emperor Appointed 2020 Tokyo Games Honorary Pres.

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Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Emperor Naruhito has accepted the role of honorary president of both the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday.

Emperor Naruhito will hold the post from Wednesday, one year before the opening of the Olympics, to Sept. 6 next year, when the Paralympic Games will end.

Yoshihiro Mori, president of the organizing committee of the Olympics and Paralympics, asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for cooperation to nominate Emperor Naruhito in June.

Afterward, Abe made a request to Imperial Household Agency Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto to ask the Emperor to take the role, and he accepted it, according to sources familiar with the situation.

For the 1964 Tokyo Games, Emperor Naruhito's grandfather, Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa, acted as honorary president of the Olympic Games, while Emperor Emeritus Akihito, then Crown Prince, was honorary president of Paralympic Games. They declared the opening of the games.

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