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Abe finishes diplomacy marathon on imperial ceremony sidelines

Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday finished a series of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders visiting Japan for the “Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi” ceremony, held Tuesday to proclaim Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement.

Abe met with a total of 62 heads of state and other leaders from abroad over five days from Monday.

On Friday, Abe met with Monaco’s Prince Albert II, Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri and Latvian President Egils Levits at the State Guest House in the Motoakasaka district of Tokyo’s Minato Ward.

At the meetings with Prince Albert II and Grand Duke Henri, Abe stressed the Japanese Imperial Family’s traditional friendship with Monaco and Luxembourg. He and Levits agreed to promote exchanges between Japan and Latvia in the economic field.

Abe kicked off the diplomacy marathon Monday with a meeting with Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Other foreign dignitaries he met included Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.

The series of bilateral meetings “helped deepen foreign leaders’ understanding of and interest in Japan, where the new era of Reiwa has started,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Friday.

Reiwa began on May 1, when Emperor Naruhito assumed the throne following the abdication the preceding day of his father, former Emperor Akihito, who now holds the title of Emperor Emeritus.

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