On 9th December, Government of Japan approved that HIM Empress Michiko visit Kingdom of Belgium from 11th December to 13th December to attend the funeral of HM Queen Fabiola. It is the second time for HIM Empress Michiko to go abroad alone.
Imperial Family of Japan and Royal Family of Belgium have strong friendship and HIM Empress Michiko had met with HM Queen Fabiola 14 times.
Their Majesties attended the funeral for King Baudouin I in 1993. It was the only case for Japanese Emperor and Empress to attend the funeral of foreign monarchy.