U.S. to send Pence to emperor’s post-accession ceremony; Prince Charles also coming


The United States plans to send Vice President Mike Pence to Japan in October to attend a key ceremony for Emperor Naruhito who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, sources familiar with bilateral relations said.

The "Sokuirei Seiden no gi" ceremony scheduled for Oct. 22, one of the major events planned in the fall for the new emperor, is aimed at proclaiming his enthronement in front of representatives from home and abroad.

Citing U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle's attendance of the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Akihito in November 1990, a diplomatic source said it would be appropriate for Pence to represent the United States.

Given that U.S. President Donald Trump visited Japan twice this year, another source said it would be difficult to imagine that an American president would travel to a foreign country three times in a year.

On May 27, Trump had an audience with the emperor and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, making him the first foreign leader to meet with the emperor since his enthronement.

In late June, Trump attended a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in Osaka.

If realized, it would be Pence's first trip to Japan since last November. The vice president is expected to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the visit.

In a related development, Clarence House said Monday that Britain's Prince Charles will visit Japan from OctRead More

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