Japan Resumed The Ceremony Of Receiving Credentials From Foreign Ambassadors
Ambassadors of four foreign countries on Wednesday presented their credentials to Emperor Naruhito of Japan, a ceremony held for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Kyodo News Agency.
The ceremony at the Imperial Palace was attended by the new heads of diplomatic missions of Thailand, Cuba, Tonga, and Rwanda, who arrived this year. They were supposed to present their certificates to the monarch in late March or early April, but due to the spread of infection, the relevant events were canceled.
Naruhito took the throne on May 1 last year after his 85-year-old father Akihito abdicated the title due to old age. The official ceremony on the occasion of the enthronement, at which the monarch announced his accession to the throne in accordance with the Constitution of Japan, took place on October 22.
The total number of infected people in Japan, according to the latest data, exceeded 18.7 thousand, including passengers and crew members of the American cruise ship Diamond Princess. Almost 980 people died.