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Old 05-13-2018, 09:14 AM
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Here are some photos of the exhibition visit:


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The Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and his wife Gillian Muriel Malielegaoi were received by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace today, May 16:


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In the third picture there is no translator between the Empress and Mrs. Malielegaoi. So either she speaks Japanese or the two of them have a third language in common, I'm guessing.
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Probably English. I believe Empress Michiko's still fluent.

On May 16th, Empress Michiko attended a concert by Argentine classical pianist Martha Argerich at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. She enjoyed Ms. Argerich's performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 and met her after the concert.

Photo: news.tv-asahi.co.jp, Getty Images

ETA: Emperor, Empress Discuss Climate Change with Samoan PM - JIJI PRESS
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According to the agency, Tuilaepa told the Imperial couple that the South Pacific island nation's biggest challenge is land subsidence caused by the rise in sea levels, adding that in his hometown seawater flows into a river at high tides.

After listening with great interest, the Emperor asked particularly about ocean pollution in Samoa.

[...] the Emperor voiced concern about the difficulty of a single nation tackling such an international maritime problem [...]
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