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Japanese emperor, empress to attend queen’s funeral

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will journey to Britain to attend Queen Elizabeth II ‘s state funeral next week to pay respects to her, Japan’s high authorities spokesperson stated Wednesday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stated the Japanese authorities requested they settle for the British royals’ invitation to attend, contemplating the shut relations between the 2 nations’ royal households.

Traditionally, a Japanese emperor stays away from funerals whether or not at residence or overseas due to a cultural perception based mostly within the Shinto faith that considers demise impure. The determination for Naruhito to attend the queen’s funeral underscores the significance and the deep bond between the royal households.

Matsuno stated Japan’s imperial household has had shut relations with Britain’s Royal Family for 3 generations together with Naruhito’s grandfather, late Emperor Hirohito.

Queen Elizabeth had invited Naruhito to go to Britain as a primary vacation spot of his overseas visits after ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019, which needed to be postponed as a result of pandemic, Matsuno stated.

There are not any plans for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and different authorities officers to attend the funeral, he stated.
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