Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)–Japan faces a busy diplomatic schedule at home in 2019, hosting visits by foreign dignitaries for international events as well as a series of rites related to Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the Imperial throne.
The international events in Japan will include the summit meeting of the Group of 20 major advanced and emerging economies, to be held in the nation for the first time, as well as the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD.
The challenge of managing the whirlwind of top-level diplomacy, which a senior Foreign Ministry official calls “the 2019 issue,” is looming large for the government.
“We will do all we can so the Emperor’s abdication and the Crown Prince’s enthronement will be held flawlessly with the blessing of the people,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a meeting of government and ruling coalition officials on Monday.
Japan’s Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019, and his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will succeed him the following day. The new Emperor’s enthronement ceremonies are expected to be held in the autumn of that year, with leaders from overseas in attendance.