President Arif Alvi is scheduled to undertake a five-day visit to Japan commencing from October 20th. He is embarking on the official visit to Japan on the request of the Government of Japan to attend the ceremony of Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.
The international event is likely to be attended by over 100 heads of state and governments stated by President House.
The President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi will undertake a visit to Japan from 20-24 October, 2019 on the invitation of the Government of Japan @JapanGov to attend the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. Over 100 Heads of State/Government are expected to attend the ceremony. pic.twitter.com/lngnjFRco5
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) October 18, 2019
Pakistan and Japan are longstanding friends, and their bilateral relations have been on an upward trajectory. They have a huge potential to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse areas such as economic, commercial, investment, IT, agriculture, human resource development, and tourism. The visit by President Alvi will further cement the already existing friendly relations between the two countries.
President Arif Alvi had recently expressed condolence over the loss of lives in Japan during the deadly Typhoon Hagabis. In a twitter message, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reciprocated the concerns of President Arif Alvi with an expression of gratitude. He asserted that he would always remember the solidarity shown by Pakistan people and do our best to recover from the destruction.
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony. Naruhito officially assumed the office as an emperor on May 1, a day after his father became the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years. But the transition will not be complete until his new role is officially proclaimed on Tuesday.
President Dr Arif Alvi says Pakistan regards Japan as its close friend and a key economic partner. The President said the relations between two countries are on an upward trajectory, but still need extra efforts to realize the true potential. pic.twitter.com/RyrvNgVhoF
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) July 9, 2019
The event is coming a week after Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan causing devastation leaving nearly 80 people dead. The government has opted to postpone a key part of the ceremony — an open-top car parade that had been intended to introduce the royal pair to the public.
But the rest of the day’s ceremonies will go ahead, starting with rituals conducted behind closed doors in which Naruhito will “report” the proclamation to his ancestors in the ancient royal dynasty. Hours later, he and his wife Empress Masako will appear at the main event in the Imperial’s Palace’s most prestigious hall.