Japanese Emperor Naruhito Proclaims Enthronement
Tokyo, Oct. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement in a key state ceremony at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday, attended by about 2,000 guests including some 400 representatives from over 180 countries and two international bodies.
The "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" proclamation ritual is the main event of the "Sokui-no-Rei" ceremonies to mark the new Emperor's accession to the throne on May 1 this year, following the abdication of his father, then Emperor Akihito, the day before.
The main ceremony started at the palace's "Matsu-no-Ma" state hall shortly past 1 p.m. (4 a.m. GMT). Participants stood up at the sound of the "sho" bell, and the veils before Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako were lifted.
Delivering a statement from the "Takamikura" throne, the Emperor pledged to "act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them."
Subsequently, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe read out a congratulatory message, saying that every people of the country will make the best efforts to create a new era while looking up to the Emperor as a national symbol.
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