(KPL) The Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR Takeshi Hikihara hosted a reception party in Vientiane on May 23 to celebrate the accession of Emperor Naruhito of Japan to the throne.
Emperor Naruhito acceded to the throne on May 1, 2019.
During his speech at the reception, Ambassador Hikihara introduced the new era ‘Reiwa’, which means ‘Beautiful Harmony’, and explained that the name is taken from a waka poem in Manyosyu, or the oldest anthology of Japanese poetry that was compiled more than 1,200 years ago.
The Ambassador then went on to say a few words about the rich history of the Japanese – Lao bilateral relations, which have been continuously strengthened during the 30 years of the Heisei era, under His Majesty Emperor Emeritus.
A special emphasis was placed on the numerous and frequent visits to the Lao PDR by Japan’s Imperial family, including His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito visit in 2012, and His Majesty Crown Prince Akishino’s three visits, the first being in 1999.
He finally wished for the further strengthening of bilateral relations and for harmony between Lao and Japanese people as is implied in the name of the forthcoming era ‘Reiwa’. He expressed his gratitude to the participants from the Lao government, diplomatic corps, Japanese residents in Laos, and Lao citizens who signed the book of congratulations.
The reception was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Education and Sports and President of the Laos-Japan Friendship Association Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmani Pholsena, President of the Laos�Japan Parliamentarians Group Khenthong Nuanthasing, former President of the Laos�Japan Friendship Association Ponmek Dalaloy, and other prominent guests from the fields of government, business, and culture.
Source: Lao News Agency