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Ambassador Dr. Suka Mangisi presents credentials to Japanese Emperor

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 25/06/2020

Tonga’s Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Dr. Tevita Suka Mangisi presented his credential to Emperor Naruhito on Wednesday as ceremonies marking the arrival of foreign envoys to their post were held for the first time since the end of a three-month coronavirus pandemic suspension.

During the ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s “Matsu no Ma” room, the emperor and the ambassadors of Tonga and Rwanda wore face masks and refrained from shaking each other’s hands to lessen the risk of infection.

Dr Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga’s envoy and Rwanda’s representative, decided against riding in a horse-drawn carriage from Tokyo station as is often done as part of the ceremonial trip to the palace.

Instead, they chose to ride in a car so as not to cause crowds to gather on the roadside.

The Tongan and Rwandan ambassadors were scheduled to present their credentials on April 9, but the event was canceled after the government declared a state of emergency due to the pandemic.

Before Wednesday’s event, the most recent such ceremony to be held was on March 17.

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