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President Abdul Hamid off to Japan on 8-day tour

  • Published at 07:31 pm October 20th, 2019
President Abdul Hamid
File photo of Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid Collected

During his stay in Tokyo, the President will attend the enthronement ceremony of new Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako

President M Abdul Hamid has left Dhaka on an eight-day official visit to Japan and Singapore.

During his tour to Japan, the president will attend the enthronement ceremony of the Japanese Emperor Naruhito slated for October 22-24, his press secretary Md Joynal Abedin said on Sunday.

A regular flight of Singapore Airlines carrying the president and his entourage members took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Singapore at 1:25pm, reports BSS.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, dean of the diplomatic corps, Japanese envoy to Bangladesh Noaki ITO, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, foreign secretary, inspector general of police (IGP) and charge d’affaires of Singapore in Dhaka among others saw him off at the airport.

President’s spouse Rashida Khanam, and other officials concerned of Bangabhaban are accompanying him on the tour.

The aircraft is scheduled to land at Changi International Airport in Singapore at 7:30pm on Sunday.

After over a three-hour stopover in Singapore, the president will leave for Japan by another Singapore Airlines flight at 10:50pm.

The flight is scheduled to reach Haneda International Airport in Tokyo at 6:45am on Monday.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima will receive the president at the airport.

President Hamid will attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the State Hall of Imperial Place at 1:30pm on Tuesday.

According to media reports, the Japanese emperor is set to proclaim his enthronement in a centuries-old ceremony to be attended by some 2,000 people, including heads of states and other dignitaries from more than 170 countries,.

Emperor Naruhito, 59, ascended the throne in May after his father, Akihito, became the first monarch to abdicate in two centuries. He is the 126th monarch, according to Japan’s traditional order of succession.

On October 23, President Hamid will visit Japan’s second largest city Yokohama.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci will meet President Abdul Hamid at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo on the same day.

Abdul Hamid will also attend the banquet to be hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Hotel New Otani.

On his way back home, the head of the state will make a two-day stopover in Singapore.

The president is scheduled to return home at 11:40pm on October 27.