Governor Ige travels to Japan for enthronement ceremony


JAPAN’S EMPEROR NARUHITO AT THE IMPERIAL PALACE IN TOKYO. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / GETTY IMAGES

HONOLULU – 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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