Naruhito to pay first state visit to Indonesia

A couple poses for wedding photos in front of Hanoi's Opera House on June 8, 2023. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

EMPEROR Naruhito and Empress Masako will visit Indonesia this month on their first state visit since ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019.

The June 17-23 trip comes after Indonesian President Joko Widodo invited the couple during a visit to Tokyo last year.

“The visit will further strengthen the intimate relations of friendship and goodwill with Indonesia,” Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a statement yesterday.

The royal couple have gradually resumed public duties after limiting them during the pandemic.

Last year, they made their first trip abroad since the enthronement, to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London.

Kishida invited Widodo to attend last month’s Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, along with leaders from several other powerhouse developing nations. — AFP

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