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President Kaljulaid to participate at Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement Ceremony

Jaapani töövisiit.
Working visit to Japan.
© Vabariigi Presidendi Kantselei

21.10.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is in Japan this week where she will participate at Emperor’s Naruhito’s Enthronement Ceremony

In April, the name of a new imperial area – Reiwa – was announced. “The name dates back to Japan’s oldest poetry anthology, Manyoshu, and its meaning can been explained with the expression “beautiful harmony”.

The name of the era will be used on official documents, including coins, driver’s licenses, calendars and miscellaneous materials. The enthronement celebrations represent the summit of a new area and the Estonian Head of State is taking part in it for the first time,” explained Foreign Policy Adviser to the President Lauri Kuusing.

The last enthronement ceremony took place in Japan almost 30 years ago, to celebrate the crowning of Emperor Akihito, who visited Estonia back in 2007.

The Head of State has also scheduled a meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, to discuss bilateral cooperation in the sphere of digital and cyber issues, and at the UN Security Council. The Head of State will also meet with the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, take part in a round table convening start-up companies led by women, entitled Startup Lady, and deliver a lecture to the students of Yokohama University. President Kaljulaid also has a business diplomacy related meeting with the representatives of Toyota, FujiSoft and Itochu; during her visit, she will give interviews to both the Japanese broadcasting company and Nikkei, the largest business newspaper in Japan.

In 2019, Estonia and Japan celebrated 100 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations and the two countries have gradually become closer. “Estonia and Japan share a passion for the digital world and Japan shows an increasing interest in the Estonian e-governance and practices. Trade between countries has also increased over the years and the Japanese have also found Estonia as a travel destination on the map,” added Mr Kuusing.

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