Hawaii Gov. David Ige will attend Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony and related events in Japan this week.

According to a press release, the governor is one of seven Japanese-Americans who have been invited to the ceremony at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday.

Here is the list of U.S. guests:

  • From Washington, D.C.: Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye
  • From California: Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), Mr. Thomas Iino (Los Angeles businessman, banker, U.S.-Japan Council)
  • From Seattle: Ms. Lori Matsukawa (retired news anchor, U.S.-Japan Council)
  • From Hawaii: Gov. David Ige, Ms. Christine Kubota

While in Japan, Ige will attend a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and an event in which Emperor Naruhito “receives congratulations from the Japanese-American delegation and 480 guests,” says the press release.

First Lady Melania Trump looks on as Emperor Naruhito of Japan delivers remarks during the state banquet at the Imperial Palace Monday, May 27, 2019, in Tokyo. The White House

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