Indonesia's Widodo hosts Japanese emperor

19 June 2023
2023-06-19 16:57

Japanese Emperor Naruhito met Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday during his first state trip since ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019. Naruhito and Empress Masako's visit came after Widodo invited the emperor during a trip to Tokyo last year.

The royal couple arrived at a presidential palace south of the capital Jakarta, flanked by dozens of well-wishers and a marching band that played the Japanese national anthem. On Tuesday, the royal couple will visit a military cemetery in Jakarta where 28 former Japanese soldiers who stayed and fought in the Indonesian War of Independence (1945-1949) are buried.

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