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King Sihamoni leaves for Tokyo

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King Norodom Sihamoni at Phnom Penh International Airport prior to his departure to Japan today. KT/ Khem Sovannara

King Norodom Sihamoni departed the Kingdom this morning for Tokyo to attend the enthronement of new Japanese emperor Naruhito who will formally declare his accession.

The ceremony will take place Tuesday at the Imperial Palace. A total of 2,000 attendees are scheduled to take part in the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, 59. Guests from over 190 countries and international organizations were invited, including 400 heads of state and members of royal families, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

Emperor Naruhito succeeded his abdicating father Akihito, 85 on May 1, after three decades of his reign.

King Sihamoni was today seen off by Prime Minister Hun Sen, National Assembly president Heng Samrin, Senate president Say Chhum and senior officials at Phnom Penh International Airport.

According to a royal message on Sunday, the King will stay in Japan until Thursday and during his absence, Senate President Say Chhum will act as acting Head of State.

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