Committee On Imperial Succession Convenes

Committee on Imperial succession convenes

A Japanese government committee has decided to hold a ceremony on April 19th, 2020, to notify the public about Prince Akishino becoming first in line to the Imperial throne.

The committee in charge of making preparations for the Imperial succession is headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It met for the first time on Friday after a Cabinet meeting approved its foundation earlier in the day.

A plan to set up a task force led by the chief cabinet secretary was also approved at the Cabinet meeting.

The government has already decided to conduct a ceremony for Emperor Akihito's abdication on April 30th next year. Five events associated with the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito to the throne will be held from May 1st.

The committee decided to hold the "Rikkoshi-no-rei" ceremony on April 19th, 2020. This would officially inform the public that Prince Akishino, the younger brother of the Crown Prince, has been given the title of "Koshi," or first in line to the Imperial throne.

Prime Minister Abe told the meeting that the government is considering a special holiday on May 1st, 2019, the day the Crown Prince is to ascend the throne. Abe suggested that October 22nd, the day when the new Emperor proclaims his enthronement, is also likely to be a public holiday.

Many people in Japan would be able to take 10 consecutive days off from April 27th, which falls on a Saturday next year, if the proposal is implemented.

The committee is scheduled to meet every month or 2 to ensure that the events for the Imperial abdication and enthronement will proceed smoothly.