Published: Tue, October 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Duterte arrives in Japan for Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

Duterte arrives in Japan for Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

The emperor will then change into a dark-orange "Korozen no goho" robe with a design dating back to the ninth century that emperors wear on special occasions to proclaim his enthronement in the "Sokuirei Seiden no gi" ceremony from 1 p.m.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito will officially proclaim Tuesday his enthronement before roughly 2,000 guests, including dignitaries from about 190 countries and global organizations, in a solemn ceremony at the Imperial Palace featuring elements of ancient protocol.

Naruhito is expected to pledge to adhere to Japan's pacifist constitution and to fulfil his duties as a symbol of the state and the unity of the people, as his father Akihito did at his enthronement in 1990.

However, preparations are well under way to complete Naruhito's transition from crown prince to emperor, a process that began with Emperor Akihito abdicating the Chrysanthemum throne on April 30.

The enthronement ceremony will take place at 1pm Japan Standard Time (1pm BST) at the Imperial Palace of Matsu no ma in Tokyo. Empress Masako will be seated next to him, also dressed in elaborate robes.

Together with a mirror called Yata-no-Kagami, which is kept at the Ise Grand Shrine, the holiest site in Japan's Shinto religion, the ancient sword and jewel comprise the regalia that symbolises the legitimacy of the emperor.

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Other guests will include Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan, US Transport Secretary Elaine Chao, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi.

Representatives of 194 countries are landing in Tokyo, stretching the capability of its two global airports, with domestic airlines forced to cancel dozens of flights to accommodate foreign leaders' aircraft.

The Prince of Wales will be travelling to Tokyo on Tuesday, though without his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and will carry out a day of engagements all of Wednesday.

Former Emperor Akihito and his wife will not attend the ceremony this week.

The clothing of ceremonial officials, artefacts set beside the emperor, and the flags decorating the enthronement location would be damaged if the weather turned.

Officials will announce their intentions by Tuesday, October 22.

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