Japan’s Emperor Naruhito plans to attend the funeral of Britain’s Queen Elisabeth, while Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may also attend, Japanese media reported.
It would be Naruhito’s first overseas trip since assuming the throne in May 2019. Empress Masako has also expressed interest in attending, and the Japanese government is planning her trip, NTV, TBS reported on Friday. and other media, citing government sources.
Kishida plans to attend the funeral, which Britain says will take place in just over a week, before heading to New York for the UN General Assembly at the end of the month, it has been reported. Saturday TV Asahi. US President Joe Biden has said he will attend the funeral of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
The Prime Minister’s Office and the Imperial Household Agency could not immediately be reached outside office hours for comment on the information.
The British royal family and the Japanese imperial family have long-standing ties. The Emperor had been invited to Britain by the Queen in 2020, but the trip was postponed due to the pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth, who visited Japan in 1975 to meet Emperor Hirohito, made a “great contribution” to strengthening Japan’s ties with Britain, Kishida said on Friday. Read more
Also offering his condolences, Naruhito, who studied at Oxford University in the 1980s, was “deeply saddened” by the Queen’s death, the Imperial Household Agency said. Masako also studied at Oxford.
The Emperor and Empress entered three days of mourning on Friday as they felt “deep grief and heartfelt condolences”, the agency said.
It is rare for a Japanese emperor to attend a royal funeral overseas. In 1993, then-Emperor Akihito, now Emperor Emeritus, attended the state funeral of King Baudouin of Belgium with Empress Michiko.