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Vice President Mike Pence to attend Emperor Naruhito’s post-accession ceremony

Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen

US Vice President Mike Pence is set to attend Emperor Naruhito of Japan’s post-accession ceremony in October.

According to the Japan Times, a diplomatic source says Pence’s attendance is appropriate as then-Vice President Dan Quayle (under President George H.W. Bush) attended the same ceremony for Naruhito’s father, Akihito in November of 1990.

US President Donald Trump was Emperor Naruhito’s first foreign leader he hosted in his new imperial role earlier this year during a state visit.

The Enthronement Ceremony (Sokuirei Seiden no Gi) will take place on 22 October, and it will mark the end of the transition period and will be a holiday in the country. Emperor Naruhito took the throne upon the abdication of his 85-year-old father, Akihito earlier this year. Akihito is now known as the Emperor Emeritus after he gave up the throne on 30 April 2019. Naruhito ascended as the new Emperor of Japan a day later.

The Prince of Wales will also attend the enthronement of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in October representing Her Majesty The Queen at the request of the government. He will also undertake an official visit to the country after the ceremony where he will have several engagements in Tokyo.

Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement will not be the first for Prince Charles, as he was also present at the enthronement of Naruhito’s father in 1990.

China’s Vice President, Wang Qishan is also set to attend.

As of now, Prince Charles is the only royal who has been announced to attend. Royal Central will keep you updated on the list of attendees as they become available.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.