Peru’s Fujimori Unable to Attend Akihito Crowning in Japan
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ President Alberto Fujimori said a pressing workload kept him from traveling to his ancestral home for the enthronement of Emperor Akihito, but he sent Foreign Minister Luis Marchand in his stead.
Marchand left Thursday for Monday’s ceremony, Fujimori said Wednesday. It is the first time a monarch has ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne under the Japanese constitution enacted in 1946.
Fujimori, the son of Japanese parents, visited Japan in June shortly after being elected, to secure fresh loans and emergency donations to help ease Peru’s economic crisis.
Fujimori, who speaks fluent Japanese, visited his parents’ hometown of Kawachi during the weeklong visit.
Marchand is to hold talks on Japanese investment in Peru with Japan’s Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu.
Japan is Peru’s second-largest trading partner after the United States.