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Some 70 Heads of State or Government to Attend Japanese Emperor’s Enthronement

TOKYO – Some 70 heads of state or government, among other prominent personalities, will attend on Tuesday the public enthronement ceremonies of the Japanese emperor, according to an official list of the Japanese authorities.

Emperor Naruhito, 59, ascended to the throne on May 1 after the abdication of his father Akihito, and his enthronement will be marked by public ceremonies to which representatives from more than 190 countries have been invited.

An official list of participants delivered to journalists in the press room set up to follow the events details 158 representatives traveling to Japan for the events, with another 27 nations represented by their ambassadors.

From Europe, the list includes King Felipe VI of Spain, King Philippe of Belgium, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King Carl lXVI Gustaf of Sweden, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Charles, Britain’s Prince of Wales, Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon will also attend.

German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen, Finnish president Sauli Niinistö, Albanian president Ilir Meta, Romanian president Klaus Iohannis and Hungarian president Janos Ader, along with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, will also be in attendance.

The royal households of Asia and Oceania will be represented by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia, King Tengku Abdullah of Malaysia and King Tupou VI of Tonga, as well as Bahrain’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, according to the official list.

The list of attendees also includes Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, Indian president Ram Nath Kovind and Singaporean president Halimah Yacob, as well as South Korean prime minister Lee Nak-yeon, Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, as well as Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Latin America will be represented by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales, Panamanian president Laurentino Cortizo, Argentinian vice-president Gabriela Michetti, Paraguayan vice-president Hugo Velazquez Moreno, Salvadoran vice-president Felix Ulloa, and former Chilean president Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, among other personalities. Cuba’s vice-president Roberto Morales Ojeda will also be present.

From Africa, the presidents of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, as well as King Letsie III of Lesotho and King Mswati III of Eswatini have confirmed their attendance, among others.

China will send Vice-President Wang Qishan, while the United States will be represented by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and European Commission vice-president Federica Mogherini, will also attend the events.


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