Khaled el-Anani - Press photo
CAIRO - 23 October 2019: On behalf of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani participated in the inaugural ceremony of the new Japanese emperor. Some 423 leaders and ambassadors of 191 countries, as well as1,600 senior Japanese officials attended the ceremony.
Anani also attended the dinner ceremony to which the emperor invited the heads of the participating countries' delegations at the Imperial Palace, and a dinner hosted by the prime minister of Japan for the inaugural delegations on the following day.
The minister of antiquities started his visit to Japan by meeting with a number of Japanese officials and academics at the Egyptian Embassy, including the president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), president of the Japan Foundation for Culture, and president of the leading cultural and literature Goi Peace Foundation. This is in addition to meeting with the famous Japanese Egyptologist Sakuji Yoshimura, who contributed to a large number of archaeological discoveries in Egypt since 1966.
During the meetings, Anani shed light on the recent archaeological discoveries in different locations in Egypt, most importantly Al-Assasif cache, which includes 30 closed and colored human sarcophagi for Luxor's priests, goddesses and children. The discovery was announced at an international press conference in Luxor on Oct. 20. The minister also discussed strengthening cooperation with the Japan Foundation for Culture.
For his part, Egyptian Ambassador to Tokyo Ayman Kamel stated that Anani's participation in the inaugural ceremony comes in light of the currently growing cooperation between the two countries.
Additionally, Minister Anani held several press and television interviews during his visit to the Japanese capital, where he shed light on museums, archaeological discoveries and excavation works in Egypt, which interest the Japanese society.
On Oct. 24, Anani will give a lecture at Waseda University on the latest archaeological discoveries and projects in Egypt. Also, the minister will meet with members of the Council of Egyptologists in Japan, launched by the Egyptian Embassy in Tokyo in November 2018 as the first council to include Egyptologists from various Japanese universities.