President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and first Lady Olena Zelenska participated in the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito during their working visit to Japan. This was reported by the press service of the President's Office.
"It is a great honor for me to participate in the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito. Ancient ritual in modern Japan is an example of how deep respect for traditions can coexist with and the introduction of the latest high technologies in one state in order to improve the lives of every person," said Zelensky.
It is noted that Ukraine is one of almost 200 countries whose representatives have arrived in Tokyo to attend the ceremony. The last ascension to the throne of Japanese emperor occurred 30 years ago, and Volodymyr Zelensky became the first Ukrainian president invited to the enthronement. The enthronement ceremony lasted over half an hour.
Zelensky thanked Japan for its support and consideration of the visa-free regime.
"They are grateful for Japan's consistent policy of supporting Ukraine and not recognizing the illegal occupation of Crimea, maintaining sanctions against Russia," Zelensky stated.