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Governor Ige Travels to Japan for Enthronement Ceremony

October 21, 2019, 11:36 AM HST
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Governor 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 Hawaiʻi

  • 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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