President Iohannis in Japan to attend Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement, welcomed by Japanese PM

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President Klaus Iohannis is paying a visit to Japan to attend Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Tuesday. Today, the Romanian head of state has been welcomed at the Akasaka-Geihinkan Palace by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. According to the Presidential Administration, the talks will tackle the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Japan.

The Romanian President is to have other bilateral meetings, too, including one with his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Niinisto.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a visit to Romania in 2018, seen as a historical visit, as it was the first paid by a Japanese PM to Romania in the past 100 years.

President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, but the visit was shadowed by the government crisis in Bucharest back then, as the former Romanian prime minister Mihai Tudose was being dismissed and the Shinzo Abe was forced to call of the meeting with the head of the Romanian Government.

Emperor Naruhito, the 126th Japanese monarch in an uninterrupted dynastic line, took over his imperial prerogatives on May 1, 2019, following the abdication of his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

Tuesday’s enthronement ceremony will also represent the official transfer to the reign of Emperor Naruhito, titled Era Reiwa (“of chosen harmony”), which succeeds Era Heisei (1989 – 2019), associated with the reign of Emperor Akihito.

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