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President Pahor at enthronement of new Japanese emperor Naruhito

Tokyo, 22. 10. 2019 | press release

President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor attended the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo today.

Emperor Naruhito's enthronement is a unique historical event. President Pahor's attendance bears a symbolic meaning and is an excellent opportunity to further bilateral relations with Japan and raise the level of political dialogue between the two countries.

The ceremony marking Emperor Naruhito's enthronement took place in the Imperial Palace's State Hall. The new emperor Naruhito addressed approximately 2,500 Japanese and foreign guests. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe congratulated the new emperor on his ascension and, following a special ceremony, the latter assumed the throne and inherited the imperial regalia. He had already taken possession of the sacred sword, jewel and mirror on 1 May, the day after the official abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito. Naruhito thus became the 126th emperor of Japan. His enthronement marked the beginning of a new era known as Reiwa.

Tonight (local time), President Pahor will attend the court banquet at the Imperial Palace. Participation in enthronement events is also an excellent opportunity to meet other statesmen and stateswomen, as the festivities are attended by a great many European and other world leaders.

Enthronement festivities will continue throughout October, ending with Daijosai, a special ceremony, on 14 and 15 November.

Tomorrow, on Wednesday, 23 October 2019, President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor will hold a special bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Before returning home, the Slovenian President will also attend a reception for distinguished guests hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On the margins of his visit to Japan, President Pahor will visit the KEK Institute in Tsukuba, where Slovenian scientists are collaborating on a new physics research project of global significance in the Super KEKB/Belle II collider to find antimatter.

President Pahor at enthronement of new Japanese emperor Naruhito
Photo: MZZ RS