Japan

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

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…
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French President received by Emperor and Empress of Japan

Ahead of the G-20 Summit held in Osaka, Japan, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron were received by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace on 27 June. This was the first meeting between the two couples since Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne on 1 May. Emmanuel Macron is the second world leader to meet with the new emperor, after US President Donald…
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Emperor and Empress of Japan welcome President Trump as part of their first state visit

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan have welcomed their first state guests since the Emperor’s enthronement earlier this month. The first state visit to Japan of the Reiwa era was from the United States of America where President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump travelled to the Asian nation to meet with the government and the Imperial Family. The Emperor and Empress…
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Emperor Naruhito takes part in inheritance ceremony

Emperor Naruhito of Japan has taken part in the inheritance ceremony, Kenji to Shokei no Gi this morning in Japan. This was his first official event as the 126th Emperor of Japan, and it was aired live on Japanese television. The five-minute ceremony in the State Room of the Imperial Palace (the same room his father abdicated in yesterday) began at 10.30 am local time and marked the inheritance…
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