Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials

Photo Description
Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials
(Matsu-no-Ma (State Room),
Imperial Palace)
(Photo: Imperial Household Agency)

A newly appointed foreign ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary presents his/her credentials to His Majesty the Emperor. The Minister for Foreign Affairs or another Minister of State must be present.

A horse-drawn carriage or automobile owned by the Imperial Household may be provided to the Ambassador and his/her party for transportation to and from the Imperial Palace according to the Ambassador's wishes.

Ceremony of the presentation of credentials from 1989 to 2013
Number of ceremonies: 781
Number of recipients: 781
Year Number of ceremonies
(Number of recipients)
1989 23(23)
1990 33(33)
1991 25(25)
1992 30(30)
1993 29(29)
1994 27(27)
1995 27(27)
1996 23(23)
1997 34(34)
1998 35(35)
1999 39(39)
2000 21(21)
2001 35(35)
Year Number of ceremonies
(Number of recipients)
2002 28(28)
2003 22(22)
2004 36(36)
2005 34(34)
2006 30(30)
2007 29(29)
2008 37(37)
2009 26(26)
2010 34(34)
2011 32(32)
2012 34(34)
2013 26(26)