Gov. David Ige will be attending Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony and related events in Japan this week.
The governor is one of seven Japanese-Americans who have been invited to the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday, Oct. 22 (Japan time). The list of invited Japanese-American guests is as follows:
- From Washington, D.C, Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye
- From California, Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), Mr. Thomas Iino (Los Angeles businessman, banker, U.S.-Japan Council)
- From Seattle, WA, Ms. Lori Matsukawa (retired news anchor, U.S.-Japan Council)
- From Hawaii, Gov. David Ige, Ms. Christine Kubota
While in Japan, Gov. Ige will also attend a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and an event in which Emperor Naruhito receives congratulations from the Japanese-American delegation and 480 guests.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green will serve as acting governor until Gov. Ige returns from Japan on Friday, Oct. 25.