The emperor and empress will visit India later this year. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that the imperial couple had been invited by the government of India to visit the country to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The emperor visited India once before when he was crown prince, NHK reported, but this will be his first visit as emperor.
Suga said the exact date for the visit has yet to be worked out. It will be the imperial couple’s first overseas trip since they went to London last May to attend events commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.