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Enthronement ceremonies eyed for autumn ’19

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The sokui no rei enthronement ceremonies for Crown Prince Naruhito are expected to take place in autumn 2019, about a half year after the Emperor’s abdicates on April 30 and the crown prince accedes to the throne the following day, government sources said Saturday.

The abdication and accession days were set at a meeting of the Imperial House Council on Friday.

The government is slated to launch a task force headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga early next year to discuss proceedings of the ceremonies, with a view to cutting related expenses as much as possible, the sources said.

In the last Imperial succession, the sokuirei seiden no gi ceremony, the main event for the enthronement, was held on Nov. 12, 1990, after the current Emperor assumed the throne on Jan. 7, 1989, due to the demise earlier that day of Emperor Showa.

The ceremony was put on hold for nearly two years, as the new Emperor had to mourn the late Emperor.

But such a long interval is considered unnecessary between the crown prince’s accession and the enthronement ceremony, because the Chrysanthemum Throne will be transferred upon abdication this time, according to the sources.

The government will consider cutting costs for the kyoen no gi banquets, in an effort to win public support for conducting various ceremonies for the Imperial succession.

In the last succession, a total of seven such banquets were held for four days.Speech

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