Former President of the Republic, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, will represent Portugal at the enthroning ceremonies of the Emperor of Japan early next week, the office of the Presidency of the Republic said on its website on Friday.
"Given the very old and friendly relations between Portugal and Japan, the President of the Republic, according to the Government, asked President Aníbal Cavaco Silva to represent Portugal in the ceremony of enthronement of the new Emperor of Japan", the statement said.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremonies will take place on Tuesday in Tokyo, and will feature some 2,500 guests and dignitaries from nearly 200 countries, including Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, Prince Charles of the United Kingdom or former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Donald Trump, who was the first foreign leader to meet new emperor Naruhito in May, will be represented by US Transport Secretary Elaine Chao.
The 59-year-old sovereign became Japan's 126th emperor on May 1, the day after his 85-year-old father Akihito had abdicated, a decision unheard of in this two-century dynasty.