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    October 22, 2019

    President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Narita International Airport, Tokyo yesterday to attend the Enthronement ceremony of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito. The President was received by Sri Lankan Ambassador to Tokyo Prof. Ganganath Dissanayake, Embassy officials and a special Japanese delegation. President Sirisena will join several world leaders for the ceremony to be held at the State Hall of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
    President Sirisena arrived in Japan to attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Japanese Emperor Naruhitho on the invitation of the Government of Japan. The enthronement ceremony will be held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan today (October 22) attended by a large number of world leaders. President Sirisena will also participate in a banquet hosted by the new Emperor for world leaders,a press release by the Presidents Media Unit said. During his visit President Sirisena is scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and have discussions with him. Former Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicated in May this year after 30 years of reign.

    President left for Japan last morning (21) to attend the Enthronement ceremony of His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito.On an invitation extended by the Japanese Government, the President will join several world leaders for the ceremony tomorrow (22) at State Hall of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.Following the ceremony, the new Emperor will host a banquet for the Heads of State, the Secretary General of the United Nations, representatives of the European Union, Heads of each Foreign Mission in Tokyo and several other invitees.The visiting dignitaries will join a banquet hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe on October 23rd.

    After 30 years, the former Emperor Akihito abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne on April 30th 2019 being the first Japanese emperor to do so since 1817. On May 1st 2019, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince Naruhito acceded to the Throne as the 126th Emperor of Japan.The Enthronement of the Emperor of Japan is an ancient ceremony that celebrates the accession of a new monarch to the Chrysanthemum Throne, the world’s oldest continuous hereditary monarchy.An Imperial procession that had been scheduled for Tuesday following the enthronement ceremony was postponed by the Japanese government to November 10 to focus on recovery efforts in areas seriously affected by Typhoon Hagibis.






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