On 21st September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited the intensive care home for the elderly in Tokyo.
Imperial Family visits the facility for the elderly around the Respect-for-the-Aged Day Holiday (third Monday in September).
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On 16th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the opening ceremony of IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition 2018 held by International Water Association took place in Tokyo.
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From 7th September to 15th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited French Republic to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and France.
On 12th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the banquet held by HE Mr Emmanuel Macron，President of the French Republic and the First Lady took place at the Palace of Versailles.
Previous to the banquet, they enjoyed the performance of Noh, a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century.
On 13th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the lighting ceremony of the Eiffel Tower.
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On 7th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito departed for French Republich. The members of Imperial Family gave him a send-off at Crown Prince Residence.
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On 5th September, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the Press Conference at Crown Prince Residence in advance of the official visit to French Republic from 7th September.
[NEWS] Japan crown prince says royal visits key to friendly ties
Text from FOX NEWS
TOKYO – Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said he will take to heart how his father was mindful of Japan’s history and tried to build closer ties during his upcoming visit to France, expected to be his last foreign trip before becoming emperor.
Naruhito, 58, told a news conference Wednesday that foreign visits, including his Sept. 7-15 trip to France, are a key role for the royal family in fostering friendship.
Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, always paid close attention to the history of the countries they visited and thought deeply about how they could promote mutual understanding and friendship in the future, Naruhito said.
“I’ve closely observed the emperor and the empress’ way, and I will cherish their feelings as I make an effort to promote international goodwill,” Naruhito said.
As next emperor, he said, “I hope to always seriously think about what I can do for the people of Japan and the rest of the world while praying for their happiness and reflecting on what the emperor has done up until now.”
Naruhito’s 84-year-old father, Akihito, will abdicate on April 30, handing the Chrysanthemum throne to his son the next day.
Akihito is seen as having devoted his life to make amends to victims of World War II, which was fought in his father Hirohito’s name.
The crown prince said he also wants to interact with younger people who will play a key role in deepening understanding and friendship in the future.
The crown prince will join cultural events and visit schools during his upcoming trip, which marks 160 years of Japan-France diplomacy.
“I hope to directly get the feel of how Japanese traditional culture and pop culture are perceived in France,” Naruhito said.
His wife, Masako, will not accompany him because she is still recovering from a stress-induced mental condition which she developed soon after giving birth to their only daughter, Aiko, now 16, following criticism that she failed to produce a boy. She has since largely withdrawn from public appearances, though her activities have slowly increased.
Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, still has ups and downs and it would be difficult for her to immediately increase her official duties, Naruhito said.
He said foreign visits are not the only way of promoting international goodwill, and receiving foreign dignitaries or attending international events at home can be just as important. He added that he hopes Masako can gradually do more.
“I believe her experience of having lived overseas and worked in diplomacy will definitely help,” he said.
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On 25th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko arrived at Nasu Imperial Villa in Tochigi Prefecture.
On that day, Their Imperial Highnesses enjoyed walking with their dog “Yuri” inside the Imperial Villa.
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On 16th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako and HIH Princess Aiko arrived at Suzaki Imperial Villa in Shizuoka Prefecture for summer vacation. They will stay there for about a week.
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From 7th August to 8th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited Ishikawa Prefecture to attend the 17th Japn Scout Jamboree.
On 7th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited the tunnel storehouse of Sogen Sake Brewery.
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From 4th August to 5th August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako visited Hyogo Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the 100th National High School Baseball Tournament.
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From 31st July to 2nd August, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited Mie Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of Inter-High School Championships.
On 31st July, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited Ise Jingu Grand Shrine in Ise City. Ise Jingu enshrines the ancestral goddess of Imperial Family.
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