Japan to Postpone Emperor's Enthronement Parade

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering putting off a parade slated for Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday.

The postponement of the "Shukuga-Onretsu-no-Gi" parade would come after powerful Typhoon Hagibis caused extensive damage in central and eastern Japan last weekend. The government is apparently taking into account the public's sentiment in the event of conducting the parade on Tuesday as planned while the search for people missing in the disaster is continuing and the full extent of damage from the 19th typhoon of the year has yet to be known.

The government is expected to make a decision soon on the postponement of the parade.

"We're considering postponing the parade based on the circumstances of the disaster," Abe told reporters during a visit to the town of Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, one of the areas hit hard by the typhoon. "We're currently working out a new date and time."

"The cabinet is considering the matter while consulting with the Imperial Household Agency," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, asked whether the potential postponement reflects the will of the Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

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