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Visit to Japan of T.T.M.M. the King and the Queen of the Belgians on the occasion of the Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne of H.M. the Emperor of Japan

Date: 
22 October 2019

On the occasion of the Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne, Belgium wishes to convey its respect and sincere congratulations to their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress.

Belgium and Japan are bound by over 150 years of friendly bilateral relations and our cooperations continue to develop successfully in the economic, cultural and academic fields.

On the political front, our voices regularly echo when defending democratic values based on the rule of law, transparency and multilateralism and we see in the strategic agreements concluded with the EU, opportunities for a reinforced European anchoring, both politically and economically.

Our Royal and Imperial families have visited each other on several occasions and the friendly relations they have forged across generations have added a particular dimension to our countries’ already close ties.

Today is the start of an important new chapter in Japanese history and we are proud to have the opportunity to share its celebration with the Japanese people and the international community. This is a landmark event that their Majesties, the King and the Queen of the Belgians, naturally wanted to join.

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2019年10月22日(火)

天皇陛下の御即位にあたり、謹んで心よりお祝いを申し上げます。ベルギーと日本は150年以上にわたり築かれた友好関係で結ばれ、両国の経済、文化、学術分野での協力関係は現在も良好な発展を続けています。政治面では両国は共に、法の支配に基づいた民主主義、透明性、多国間主義を擁護する立場にあり、EUとの合意にいたった戦略的協定により、政治及び経済面における日本とEUの一層の連携強化が見込まれています。

ベルギーの王室と日本の皇室は世代を通してさまざまな機会にお互いの国を訪問し親密な関係を築いてきました。このことは両国の深い絆に特別な重みを与えています。

本日は日本の歴史にとって新たなる重要な1ページの始まりです。日本の国民、そして国際社会とともにこの日を祝福できますことをベルギーは誇りに思います。ベルギー国王王妃両陛下はともに行事に参列し、お祝いを申し上げることを望まれました。