Emperor’s coronation takes presidential couple to Japan

President Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio will be among 170 world leaders attending the Tuesday coronation of Emperor Naruhito.

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President Niinistö (L) meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) in Tokyo, 21st October 2019 / Credit: Markus Kokko, Embassy of Finland

President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenny Haukio started a visit to Japan on Monday.

The couple are there for the coronation of Emperor Naruhito which takes place on Tuesday, with leaders from 170 countries expected to attend Naruhito’s accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Celebrations were supposed to include a procession through the streets, however officials scaled back some of the lavish elements of the day in the wake of last week’s deadly Typhoon Hagibis – one of the most powerful storms to ever impact Japan.

During the Tokyo Japan, the Finnish first couple will also have their own bilateral programme.

On Monday morning President Niinistö met for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe already on Monday, while Mrs Haukio will be visiting Moominvalley Park which opened near Tokyo earlier this year.