Saudi Ambassador Presented Credentials to Japan's Emperor Akihito, Last of Era

Friday, April 5, 2019

Tokyo - (PanOrient News) Emperor Akihito of Japan completed his last ceremony dealing with foreign ambassadors on Friday, in which he was presented Letters of Credentials by newly appointed ambassadors from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

As the emperor will abdicate at the end of the month, Friday’s ceremony in the prestigious Pine Room of the Imperial Palace marked the last such ceremony of his reign. In total he has attended more than 900 of these events during his approximately three decades as emperor.

Ambassador Al-Fahadi

During the ceremony, which was also attended by cabinet ministers, the two new ambassadors gave messages in their own languages and presented the Letters of Credentials to the emperor.

Nayef bin Marzouq Al-Fahadi, the new Saudi ambassador to Japan, holds a bachelor's degree in comparative studies from Japan's Miyazaki University and also earned a master’s in law from Australia's Monash University, according to the Saudi foreign ministry.

Al-Fahadi has actively held many positions in Saudi Arabia, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Misk Foundation and as an adviser to its president. The Misk Foundation is a non-profit that aims to empower Saudi youth to participate in the future economy of the region.

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