Crown Prince Naruhito expressed hope Thursday that his trip to Spain from Monday will “help further promote bilateral exchanges that have a long history.”
During the official visit through June 16, the crown prince will attend a series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of bilateral exchanges since a mission was dispatched by Japanese feudal lord Date Masamune to Spain in 1613.
Crown Princess Masako, who is receiving treatment for a stress-induced illness, will not accompany him due to the tight schedule, the crown prince told a press conference. During the weeklong trip, he will visit five cities to attend many events.
Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito delivered a keynote speech on disaster reduction at a U.N. conference Wednesday, the first Japanese Imperial Family member to make an address at the U.N. Headquarters.
At the U.N. General Assemblys special session on water and disasters, the crown prince called for international discussions to improve the worlds preparedness for tsunami and other water-related disasters.
In his speech, the crown prince explained major disasters in Japan, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake two years ago and the Jogan earthquake in 869, both of which unleashed massive tsunami.
Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan on Sunday began a three-day official visit to Ghana at the head of a 30-strong delegation. He was welcomed at Kotoka international airport by Vice President John Dramani Mahama to traditional Ashanti drumming and dance, an AFP reporter saw. The visit is at the invitation of Ghana and is aimed at boosting ties between the two countries, officials said.
The prince is expected to hold talks with President John Atta-Mills on Monday at the presidential palace, known as the Castle.