President Sata meets Emperor Akishito of Japan
PRESIDENT Michael Sata has met with Japanese Emperor Akihito in Tokyo, Japan. The President met Emperor Akihito at the imperial residence located within Tokyo this morning.
President Sata who was accompanied by First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba was received at the imperial residence by Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko.
From Hotel New Otani where the he is lodging, President Sata and the First Lady were driven in a royal car provided by the monarch, a symbol of highest honour accorded to a visiting Head of State.
According to Japanese culture, the Emperor of Japan is the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people.
Emperor Akihito who is a ceremonial figurehead under a form of constitutional monarchy is head of the Japanese Imperial family with functions as Head of State.
He is also the highest authority of the Shinto religion.
Yesterday, President Sata met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at which he stressed strong desire that Japan should increase investment levels in Zambia.
The President who is in Japan on a tight schedule is wooing Japanese investors to come to Zambia and invest in various sectors of the economy.