Governor Ige travels to Japan for enthronement ceremony

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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.

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