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Old 11-05-2017, 04:55 PM
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You got a point. Will look forward to your findings.
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Old 11-05-2017, 04:55 PM
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The enthronement of his present Majesty in 1990. At 8.30 TRH the Prince and Princess of Wales are seen..so there was certainly international representation on that occasion
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:01 PM
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At least it seems like foreign royals were present for the enthronement of Akihito, ans it seems like a lavish banquet was held.

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Old 11-05-2017, 05:08 PM
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I think that should also be foreign royalty in the enthronement of Naruhito.
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Old 11-05-2017, 05:36 PM
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The enthronement of Emperor Akihito was quiet a big affair and if i remember right 2 Galas Dinners where held. Among the foreign guests there i remember Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, Prince Charles and pricness Diana and many more european Royals where among the guests.
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Old 11-05-2017, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for lookingnit up! Let's hope for the same at Naruhito's enthronement. It would be a little unfair if Naruhito was shortchanged because the government doesn't like his father's decision.

However, the ceremony would traditionally not be on the first day of the emperor's reign as that day would be uporedictable. So, the question is whether they would organize the abdication and enthronement on consecutive days (I don't expect them to do it on the same day as that might confuse the whole 'era' idea) or wait a few months with Naruhito's official enthtonement. No real reason to do so but who knows?!
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:00 PM
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In 1975, a Mass of the Holy Spirit was celebrated in the church of San Jerónimo el Real in Madrid to inaugurate Juan Carlos I's reign. Felipe didn't follow this way.
Different times, different decisions.
Back in 1990 it was absolutely different political situation. For many people Akihito's father was a war criminal, protesters followed every Japan royals' visit.
Thus it was important to recieve international support for new Emperor.
Now only very radical groups express Anti-Japanese feelings. Akihito and Naruhito have good reputation on international scene. Akihito's abdication is an inner problem. In this circumstances there is no need to invite foreign guests, it's more important to reduse demage after abdication in Japanese society. They think that more national-oriented (no low-key) ceremony will help to achieve this goal. Maybe they are right, maybe they are wrong, but it's their decision.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:23 PM
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Japan considers simplifying emperor's abdication ceremony - Japan Today
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The government is considering simplifying the upcoming ceremony to mark the abdication of the Japanese emperor, as following ancient custom could be interpreted as going against the current Constitution.

In what will be Japan's first abdication since 1817, Emperor Akihito, 83, will pass the throne to his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito, 57. The succession is deemed most likely to take place in March 2019.

As Article 4 of the Constitution bans the emperor from having political power, government officials are concerned if the emperor's reasons for abdicating are read out by an agent following old ceremonial tradition, they could be taken as a proof that he is relinquishing the throne based on his own will, thus violating the supreme law.

"Simplifying the ceremony can clear the issue," said a government source.

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The first recorded abdication ceremony for an emperor took place in the eighth century, and ceremonial practices continued until the ceremony for Emperor Kokaku 200 years ago, according to the government sources. In the ceremonies, an agent read out a message from the retiring emperor.

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It has yet to be decided whether Japan will invite foreign dignitaries to the ceremony because Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement ceremony is to take place soon after that.

Emperor Akihito's enthronement ceremony in November 1990 following the death of his father Hirohito in the previous year was attended by more than 2,000 guests, including overseas leaders and was a state occasion.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:58 PM
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It has yet to be decided whether Japan will invite foreign dignitaries to the ceremony because Crown Prince Naruhito's enthronement ceremony is to take place soon after that.

Emperor Akihito's enthronement ceremony in November 1990 following the death of his father Hirohito in the previous year was attended by more than 2,000 guests, including overseas leaders and was a state occasion.
This seems to indicate that Naruhito’s enthronement would be celebrated on a different day from the abdication and would be a grand celebration with foreign guests.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:51 AM
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Japanese emperor could abdicate either in March or April of 2019: sources- Nikkei Asian Review
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The new candidate date for closing the current Heisei era surfaced as the government decided to hold an Imperial House Council meeting on Dec. 1 to discuss the abdication date.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will chair the council meeting, visited the Imperial Palace on Tuesday afternoon where he is believed to have reported the planned convention of the gathering to the emperor, sources close to the matter said.

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The government was leaning toward setting the date of the emperor's expected abdication on March 31, 2019, to pass the throne to Crown Prince Naruhito the next day.

But since unified local elections are expected to be held in March or April 2019, the idea to set the abdication date on April 30 to have the crown prince to succeed the throne the next day has also become a possible option, the sources said.

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End of April 2019 now deemed best time for Akihito to step aside: The Asahi Shimbun
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"After obtaining the opinion of the Imperial Household Council, we want to decide on a date as quickly as possible," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Nov. 22 to announce that the council will meet at 9 a.m. on Dec. 1.

Suga, however, declined to discuss a likely date for the abdication. He also did not specify a timeline for choosing the name that will be adopted when Naruhito becomes emperor.

The Imperial Household Council will hear opinions on two candidate dates for the abdication: April 30, 2019, and March 31, 2019.

A number of high-ranking government officials said April 30 has emerged as the more likely candidate date.

Even though a transition on March 31 would allow Naruhito to become the new emperor on April 1, the start of a new fiscal year, concerns were raised because unified local elections are scheduled from late March through April.

Government officials had wanted a "quiet environment" in which to observe the first abdication by an emperor in 200 years.

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In addition, the start of the fiscal year is often chosen by companies as a time for mass transfers of employees. The burden on local governments to handle the moves by those workers and their families under a new imperial era name was another reason for looking at another date.

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At his Nov. 22 news conference, Suga said that Prince Fumihito, who is now one of the two representatives from the imperial household on the council, will be replaced for the Dec. 1 meeting by Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Akihito who is presently a reserve member of the council.

The change is being made because any decision on the abdication date would also affect Fumihito as he would become "acting crown prince" [...]

A provision in the Imperial House Law prohibits the participation of anyone being part of meetings that could affect their interests.
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