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Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are planning to attend the funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, according to Japanese media.
This will be Naruhito's first overseas trip since taking the throne in May 2019. Empress Masako has also expressed her desire to attend, and the Japanese government is organizing their trip, media reported Friday, citing government sources.
Kishida is considering attending the funeral, which Britain says will take place in just over a week before heading to New York for the United Nations General Assembly at the end of the month, TV Asahi reported on Saturday.
British royalty and the Japanese Imperial Family have long-standing ties. in 2020, but the trip was postponed due to the pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth, who visited Japan in 1975 to meet then-Emperor Hirohito, made a “great contribution” strengthen Japan's ties with Britain, Prime Minister Kishida said on Friday.
Emperor Naruhito, who studied at Oxford University in the 1980s like Empress Masako, expressed his condolences to the royal family and said, that he "deeply saddened"
On Friday, the Emperor and Empress declared three days of mourning.
The Emperor of Japan rarely attends royal funerals abroad. In 1993, then Emperor Akihito, now Emperor Emeritus, together with Empress Michiko attended the state funeral of King Baudouin of Belgium.
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