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Old 10-11-2016, 05:32 PM
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More important than the dresses , jewels of our Queen Consort :

Normally for State Visits the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs are with the King since the beginning of the Visit.

But we have a difficult Political Situation in Belgium , the important Ministers had to stay in Belgium
The King will have an audiance with the Prime Minister of Japan. He may not speak without our Minister of Foreign affairs who will go to Japan to morrow.
To me the State Visits are obsolete , the Economical Visits are important.
Two Ministers are there since the beginning. Willy Claes our excellent State Minister and Pieter De Crem , Minister of Nothing who had to come back from harvard where he studied since April. But that was not enough.

Just heard , Minister Reynders will not go to Japan due to the actual political Situation.
The Belgian Ambassador in Japan will sign the Document our Minister had to sign. Du jamais vu !
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:49 PM
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While I love seeing bigger tiaras, I think it appropriate even with imperial princesses in their full jewels she chose a smaller piece. The empress is her counter part at the event, and knowing the empress no longer wears tiaras, it seems a good choice.
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Belgium's King Philippe (2nd L) and Queen Mathilde (2nd R), Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers upon their arrival at Yuki Information, Communication Center in Yuki, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan October 12, 2016.

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Old 10-12-2016, 01:57 AM
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Tokyo Sky Tree lit with the colors of Belgium's flag:
https://twitter.com/MofaJapan_ITPR/s...82885093474305

IHA translated Emperor Akihito's banquet speech:
Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the State Banquet in Honour of Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde King and Queen of the Belgians (Tuesday, October 11, 2016)

Waving from the train

Their convoy:
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Old 10-12-2016, 02:06 AM
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Traditional arts and crafts in Yuki

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Old 10-12-2016, 03:48 AM
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Here's a second gallery by gettyimages with the pics from yesterday and today:


** gettyimages gallery **


Today's belga gallery:


** belga gallery: JAPAN ROYALS STATE VISIT DAY 3 **


And some more of today's Twitter pics:


** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** Pic 5 ** Pic 6 ** Pic 7 **



The day ended with a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka State Guesthouse.

Here's a link to the speech King Philippe held during the dinner:


** monarchie.be: Speech by His Majesty the King of the Belgians at the dinner..**
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:33 AM
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Thanks for sharing information, pictures and video clips everyone. It’s nice to see how the personal bond between the Imperial family and the Belgian RF remains so strong. For ex. the dinner speeches had a nice personal touch with the emperor reflecting on his encounters with the Belgians for more than 60 years or Michiko and Mathilde linking arms for support.

Also worth to mention: Philippe and Mathilde had a private meting with a Japenese victim of the terror attacs in Brussels on day 1 of this visit.

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More important than the dresses , jewels of our Queen Consort :

Normally for State Visits the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs are with the King since the beginning of the Visit.

But we have a difficult Political Situation in Belgium , the important Ministers had to stay in Belgium
The King will have an audiance with the Prime Minister of Japan. He may not speak without our Minister of Foreign affairs who will go to Japan to morrow.
To me the State Visits are obsolete , the Economical Visits are important.
Two Ministers are there since the beginning. Willy Claes our excellent State Minister and Pieter De Crem , Minister of Nothing who had to come back from harvard where he studied since April. But that was not enough.


Just heard , Minister Reynders will not go to Japan due to the actual political Situation.
The Belgian Ambassador in Japan will sign the Document our Minister had to sign. Du jamais vu !
It probably escaped your notice but State visits turned into economic missions too since a few years. Philippe and Mathilde are accompanied by 120 business people and the whole delegation which also includes academics have done their fair share to promote Belgian businesses and universities in Japan.
It certainly wasn’t helpful though that NO member of the federal government had shown up in Japan so far. The State Secretary of Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem only arrived in Tokio a few minutes ago. Why they thought it would be opportune to have him following a 6-week long course in Harvard while he was needed on the job is quite puzzling. He could have done that in his private time. The foreign minister on the other hand is missing because the Federal government wasn’t able to finish their budget negotiations in due time before the European deadline expires on Oct 15. It’s a self-created mess and its quite pitiable that the politicians can’t pull themselves together for a change.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:50 AM
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Mara, Stunning You are so far away and you know all about our political Situation.

This is a real State Visit with the King and the Queen for the 150 years with Japan.
Princess Astrid is going for the Economical Missions.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:21 AM
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Mara, Stunning You are so far away and you know all about our political Situation.

This is a real State Visit with the King and the Queen for the 150 years with Japan.
Princess Astrid is going for the Economical Missions.
I beg to differ. There is a large business and academic delegation in attendance. Philippe and Mathilde attended business meetings, networking events and contract signings, pretty much what they had already done during economic missions. Had it been just a traditional state visit with political encounters, sightseeing and cultural events the more or less openly separatist prime minister of Flanders would certainly not have accompanied them.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:52 AM
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Mrs. Sayako Kuroda:
http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...05169_comm.jpg

Sources: Asahi, Sankei
Thanks for the photos!
It is great that all members of the Imperial family were able to attend and Mrs Kuroda was among the attendees. I wonder what her presence may mean. Technically she is not the member of the family.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:11 AM
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Thanks for the photos!
It is great that all members of the Imperial family were able to attend and Mrs Kuroda was among the attendees. I wonder what her presence may mean. Technically she is not the member of the family.
On itself there were appr. 200-250 non-members of the family enjoying their meal during the banquet...
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:36 PM
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Thanks for the photos!
It is great that all members of the Imperial family were able to attend and Mrs Kuroda was among the attendees. I wonder what her presence may mean. Technically she is not the member of the family.
You’re welcome! It’s wonderful to see Mrs. Kuroda included. I wish more of the family were photographed. The Hitachi couple, Mikasa princesses, and Takamado princesses attended the banquet according to the agenda.

Last night, CP Naruhito and CP Masako visited King Philippe and Queen Mathilde privately.
Source: Asahi reporter Yasuhiko Shima’s tweet


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Old 10-12-2016, 10:44 PM
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Great seeing these wonderful photos

These royal tours as part of trade missions are important. The trade talks and attention it gets will help both countries. Yes the politicians other delegates are incredibly important, but the media that comes with royals is key here too.
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Old 10-13-2016, 01:19 AM
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On board of a Shinkansen train to Nagoya on day 4 of our State visit to Japan.

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10 millions Japanese cars shipped to Belgium! Belgian ports and Japanese automobile industry work together for innovation.

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Showcase of Belgian products at Matsuzakaya Department Store in Nagoya.

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Visit Tokugawa Art Museum

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Heading back from Nagoya to Tokyo

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First pictures from the concert offered by the Kings in honour of the Emperor and Empress.

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Old 10-13-2016, 06:02 AM
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More pics from today, October 13, can be found here:


** gettyimages gallery **


** belga gallery: JAPAN ROYALS STATE VISIT DAY 4 **
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Did I miss the return event given by the Belgian royals to their hosts?
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Old 10-13-2016, 07:16 AM
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I am sooooooo happy to see CP Masako - and that she is joining the State Dinner. She is looking STUNNING! And I have the impression she is feeling better/healthier than ever. Great for her.


The CP and Akishino couples:
http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...05162_comm.jpg

CP Masako:
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Did I miss the return event given by the Belgian royals to their hosts?
No, photos of the return event are trickling in from Asahi and Mainichi:

http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...06716_comm.jpg

http://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2016/10/...0128000p/9.jpg

ETA: More from the Belgian Monarchy's Facebook page. Yay! Finally, some photos of the Mikasa and Takamado families.
https://www.facebook.com/BeMonarchie...46105678986398

Videos: news.tbs.co.jp and news24.jp
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Lovely curtsy by Princess Masako !
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