Emperor Naruhito to Use Traditional Route at Palace for Oct. Ceremony

Politics Society

Tokyo, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Emperor Naruhito will use a traditional route to enter the Imperial Palace's "Matsu-no-Ma" state room for next month's "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi," a key ceremony to proclaim his enthronement at home and abroad, the government said Wednesday.

The route is different from the one used by previous Emperor Akihito, how holding the title of Emperor Emeritus, for his enthronement proclamation ceremony held in 1990, but is similar to that taken by earlier Emperors for their ceremonies, held at the Kyoto Imperial Palace in the western Japan city of Kyoto.

Emperor Naruhito will deliver a speech from the "Takamikura" throne in Matsu-no-Ma during the ceremony, to be held on Oct. 22, in the same way his father did 29 years ago. Emperor Naruhito assumed the Imperial throne on May 1, following the predecessor's abdication on April 30.

The details of the ceremony was decided at Wednesday's meeting of the government's committee on Imperial succession-related events.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, chair of the committee, said at the meeting that representatives from a total of over 190 countries and international organizations are expected to visit Japan to attend the ceremony. The figure would be higher than that for the previous Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi, he said.

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