Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (left) meets Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday. VNA/VNS Photo
TOKYO — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc attended the coronation of Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo yesterday at the invitation of the Japanese Government.
Crown Prince Naruhito ascended the throne as the 126th Emperor of Japan on May 1, starting the Reiwa era, following the abdication of his father, Akihito, on April 30.
The coronation was attended by a large number of domestic and foreign guests. It was one of the biggest international events including foreign leaders that Japan has ever held.
At the ceremony, Emperor Naruhito swore that he would follow the constitution and fulfil his responsibility as a symbol of the state and unity of the people.
He expressed his hope that Japan would continue to develop and contribute to friendship and peace among the international community.
PM Phúc’s trip took place amid a flourishing extensive strategic partnership between Việt Nam and Japan.
Emperor Naruhito visited Việt Nam in 2009 as the Crown Prince. His father, Akihito, was the first Japanese emperor to visit the country in 2017, which was also his last official tour of a foreign nation before his abdication. — VNS