Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae will travel to Japan to attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Emperor to Japan, Emperor Naruhito.
The PNG Governor-General is among heads of state and representatives from 190 countries invited to attend the enthronement ceremony which also includes a court banquet after the ceremony and a banquet hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.
Emperor Naruhito succeeded his father Emperor Akihito in May this year, following the abdication of Emperor Akihito due to ill health and old age. Emperor Akihito’s abdication is the first in 200 years, the last such abdication of the Japanese throne by an emperor was in 1817.
Following in tradition, Emperor Naruhito’s reign would be defined by a new era called ‘Reiwa’. ‘Rei’ means order and auspicious and ‘Wa’ denotes peace and harmony.
During the Governor General’s absence Parliament Speaker, Job Pomat, will assume the role of acting Governor-General.