Lusaka, May 6, 2019, ZANIS---The Embassy of Japan has disclosed that it will soon open a book of celebration for the new Emperor of Japan Naruhito.

The 59-year-old Naruhito takes over from his father Akihito who abdicated a day earlier after a reign lasting three decades.

This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by First Secretary for Public Relations and Culture section at the Embassy of Japan Takato Ishida.

Mr Ishida explained that the signing will take place from Wednesday May 8, through to Friday May 10 from 09:00 hours to 12:00 hours and, 14:00 hours to 16:00 hours respectively.

He said the location for the signing the book of celebration, will take place at the Consular section of the Embassy of Japan.

Emperor Akihito of Japan abdicated on April 30 2019, making way for his son, Crown Prince Naruhito to take over the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world.

Emperor Akihito, who ascended to the throne in 1817, has become the first Emperor of Japan to descend from the throne for more than 200 years.