Banquet held for Emperor Naruhito s enthronement
Dateline: 22 October 2019 - Tokyo
Date: 10/22/2019 01:04 PM
Tokyo - 22 October 2019
1. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife, Naraporn Chan-ocha, arriving for the palace banquet
2. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini arriving for the palace banquet
3. US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao arriving for the palace banquet
4. Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner arriving for the palace banquet
About 200 foreign dignitaries attended the enthronement ceremony for Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday, followed by a banquet hosted by the emperor and his wife Masako.
The European Union foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini and US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao were among the attendees.
The enthronement ceremony is the high point of several succession rituals that began in May when Naruhito inherited the throne after the abdication of Akihito, his father.
Naruhito leads the world's oldest hereditary monarchy, which historians say goes back 1,500 years.
The proclamation is largely meant to allow the government to showcase the monarchy to win public support and to preserve Japan's cultural heritage.