President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid were in attendance today at Emperor Naruhito’s coronation in Japan. The occasion was attended by at least 180 national leaders. Guðni expressed pleasure, as a historian, at being present at the moment when Naruhito officially inherited the throne from his father Akihito.
“This doesn’t happen every day of course, so the ceremony was very respectable and historic, let’s say,” Guðni told Vísir. “Naruhito takes over from his father Akihito who is still living in advanced old age but resigned from the rank of emperor in April. The Emperor before that was the grandfather of the current Emperor, Hirohito who was Emperor of the Japanese for a large part of the 20th century, so it was a truly historic moment and dignified, but also unpretentious at the same time.”
Gunði says the visit presents various opportunities for strengthening ties between the two countries. The trip’s schedule includes a meeting with Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister as well as other members of the Japanese parliament. Both Guðni and Eliza will visit universities in the country during their stay.
The coronation ceremony can be watched in full via Global News.