Senate debates

Thursday, 27 February 2020


Emperor of Japan

12:06 pm

Photo of Dean SmithDean Smith (WA, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the strong and trusted strategic, economic and cultural relationship between Australia and Japan, underpinned by our Special Strategic Partnership; and

(b) notes that:

  (i) the Emperor of Japan, His Majesty Emperor Naruhito, acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1 May 2019, with the imperial era title of Reiwa ('Beautiful Harmony'),

  (ii) Emperor Naruhito celebrated his birthday on 23 February, the Emperor's first since acceding to the throne, and

  (iii) the Consul-General of Japan marked the celebration of Emperor Naruhito's birthday on 20 February 2020, at an event in Peppermint Grove, attended by the Premier of Western Australia, Opposition Leader, Ms Liza Harvey MLA, Federal and State Parliamentarians, and other representatives of the WA community.

Question agreed to.