Bush Will Attend Hirohito’s Funeral

Associated Press

President-elect Bush will lead the U.S. delegation to the funeral of Japanese Emperor Hirohito on Feb. 24, five weeks after Bush is inaugurated as President, his spokesman announced Tuesday.

Bush will be accompanied by his wife, Barbara, spokesman Steve Hart said. He had no other details on the itinerary, composition of the delegation or other travel planned by the incoming president.

Hirohito died Saturday of intestinal cancer at the age of 87. He was succeeded as emperor by his son, Crown Prince Akihito.

The Japan trip is the first foreign travel announced for Bush, who will be inaugurated Jan. 20.