Uhuru arrives in Tokyo for enthronement of Emperor Naruhito

President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Tokyo, Japan for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.

President Kenyatta and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who are special guests of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be among the over 170 Heads of State and Government attending the enthronement ritual for Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan.

Emperor Naruhito, 59, officially began his reign on May 1st, after his father Emperor Akihito became the first monarch to abdicate the throne in more than 200 years.

85-year-old Emperor Akihito received special legal permission to step down after saying he felt unable to fulfil his role because of declining health.

The ritual to crown the head of the world’s longest-lived royal dynasty through the day’s ceremonies will formalize and see Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne.

The emperor is the head of state but has no political powers.


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