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International relations

Abe laces up for diplomatic marathon at emperor's enthronement

Pence to skip trip, while South Korea's contingent still unconfirmed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, among others, but not Mike Pence. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with 50 or so world leaders on the sidelines of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony Oct. 22, using the event to strengthen existing ties.

The Japanese government has invited leaders from all 195 countries it recognizes. Those from about 160 to 170 countries are expected so far -- the most foreign guests on record for an enthronement ceremony.

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