Japan’s Emperor Naruhito will attend the opening ceremony of the National Sports Festival on October 1 in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.
It will likely be his first home journey outdoors Tokyo in about two years and eight months.
The Imperial Household Agency stated the Emperor will make a one-day journey to the town of Utsunomiya to ship a speech on the ceremony. The company stated Empress Masako will accompany him if her well being situation permits.
The company stated it thought-about having the Emperor make a two-day journey or an internet look. But it determined a single-day journey was the best choice after taking Japan’s coronavirus scenario and the applications on the ceremony under consideration.
The company stated it could conduct thorough anti-infection measures, equivalent to having the Emperor make the journey by automotive somewhat than by practice to keep away from crowds gathering at stations or alongside roads. It added that the Emperor’s entourage will take PCR virus checks.
The Emperor and Empress determined to abstain from their annual summer season retreat to Nasu Imperial Villa in Tochigi Prefecture this 12 months, after Japan’s variety of COVID-19 infections surged.
The Emperor final visited a location outdoors Tokyo in January 2020, when he traveled to Saitama Prefecture, north of the capital, with the Empress.
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