Japan Puts Off Emperor's Enthronement Parade to Nov. 10

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting Friday decided to put off a parade to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement from Tuesday to Nov. 10.

The postponement of the "Shukuga-Onretsu-no-Gi" parade came after wide areas in eastern and central Japan suffered serious damage from Typhoon Hagibis, which struck last weekend.

Enthronement-linked events other than the parade are expected to take place as scheduled as a number of foreign dignitaries have been invited.

For 2019 only, Oct. 22, when the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" ceremony for proclaiming Emperor Naruhito's enthronement is slated to take place, is designated by law as a national holiday. The postponement of the parade, originally scheduled for the day, does not affect this.

In the parade on Nov. 10, which is a Sunday, a convertible car carrying Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will leave the Imperial Palace in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward at 3 p.m. (6 a.m. GMT) and spend some 30 minutes traveling about 4.6 kilometers to the Akasaka Estate in neighboring Minato Ward, where their residence is located. The parade will start 30 minutes earlier than originally planned, reflecting the shorter day.

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