ISLAMABAD - Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata, and Midori Inomata hosted a reception on Thursday to celebrate the Birthday of Emperor Akihito, the 125th Emperor of Japan, who will be 80 years old on December 23, 2013.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid was the chief guest at the occasion.

The ministers, parliamentarians, senior government officials, members of the diplomatic community and other dignitaries attended the reception from the public and private sector.Ambassador Inomata together with the chief guest cut a cake to mark the Emperor's Birthday after the national anthem of Japan and Pakistan were played.

The Imperial Household of Japan is a very old lineage in the world, dating more than 2000 years back, since the foundation of the first Emperor Jimmu in 660 B.C. according to Japan's oldest history book named Nihonshoki.