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Bhutan state visit to Japan - November 15-19, 2011

TM the King and Queen of Bhutan will be visiting Japan from November 15-19 on the invitation of the Japanese emperor to commemorate 25th anniversary of Bhutan-Japan diplomatic relations..
It will be first state visit of Bhutanese monarch to Japan ever.

Programm of the visit:

1. HM the King will address to DIET
on November 17th;
2. HM the King will meet the Crown Prince and the PM (the Emperor will not be able to attend - Source);
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HM the King will reaffirm the goodwill and friendship of the Bhutanese people towards the people of Japan, and express solidarity with the victims of the earthquake of March 11th, 2011.
4.The Keio University will confer on HM the King an honorary doctorate in economics, where HM will deliver an acceptance lecture to the students and faculty.
5. The state banquet will be hosted by Imperial family (the Emperor will not be able to attend).

The Royal visit to Japan | BBS
Provisional Itinerary is here (Embassy of Japan in Bhutan)
http://www.in.emb-japan.go.jp/Japan-...i2Nov2011.html
http://www.kuenselonline.com/2011/?p=20977
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:28 PM
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Thanks for the information!
Hopefully Crown Princess Masako will be able to attend the banquet.
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The royal couple arrive at Narita International airport on November 15, 2011.

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Bhutan's royal couple on state visit to Japan - Monsters and Critics

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Japanese Prime Minister and his wife are greeted by TM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema for their talks at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo on November 15, 2011.

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Bhutan Royal Couple Express Condolences For Japan Quake Victims

The king and queen of Bhutan, who are visiting Japan as state guests, expressed their condolences for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami during a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his wife on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said.
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TIH the Crown Prince Naruhito, the Prince Akishino and the Princess Kiko have welcomed TM the King and the Queen of Bhutan at the Imperial palace in Tokyo on November 16th, 2011.

HM the Empress Michiko has paid a visit to Akasaka palace to greet the young royal couple later on the same day.

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Bhutan royal couple welcomed by Japan's crown prince - The Mainichi Daily News
NHK article + video - http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111116_15.html
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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Pema are greeted by Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace for the state dinner in Tokyo on November 16, 2011.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3** - credits Getty
**Pic 4** - no tiaras at the banquet this time
Panorama view of the banquet hall - nearly all adult members of Japanese IF were present

Banquet held for Bhutan's King and his wife - NHK

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...Hopefully Crown Princess Masako will be able to attend the banquet.
It was unlikely for HIH the Crown Princess to attend since she had reconvalescent child at home. And don't forget that the Crown Princess skipped the state visit from Cambodia not so long ago.
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Thanks for the updates !
I assume that the lack of tiaras can be attributed to the fact that the Bhutanese reigning couple prefers to wear the traditional clothing. The Japanese side has decided to go with the traditional theme. Hence Princess Kiko and other ladies attending the banquet wore kimonos.
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HM the King Jigme Khesar addresses the lower house of Parliament in Tokyo Thursday, November 17th, 2011.

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TM the King and the Queen have visited the Keio University in Tokyo on November 17th, 2011. The King has received the degree of Doctor of Economics. The King has also delivered a speech for students.

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Bhutan's royals first state guests | The Japan Times Online
Slideshow of the Royal visit at Sankei site
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Princess Mako is lovely in blue kimono
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TM the King and the Queen visiting Kodokan judo gymnasium in Tokyo, November 17th, 2011.

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Thanks for the updates !
The visits is going well. It is unfortunate, but understandable that Crown Princess Masako did not attend the banquet.
HM the King Jigme Khesar's English is quite fluent.
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kuenselonline » Blog Archive » Our people share a special bond: His Majesty
The people of Bhutan and Japan share a special bond, His Majesty the King said at the state banquet hosted by the Emperor and Empress of Japan yesterday evening.
His Majesty conveyed the prayers and good wishes of the fourth Druk Gyalpo to the Imperial family and acknowledged their pivotal roles in furthering the friendship between the two countries.
“Personally, I have to say that it is a special honour and happiness being here on the invitation of Their Majesties so soon after our wedding,” His Majesty said. “It is to Their Majesties that Jetsun and I will always look for inspiration and guidance during the course of our life together, and as we serve our nation.”
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Thanks for the updates !
The visits is going well. It is unfortunate, but understandable that Crown Princess Masako did not attend the banquet.
HM the King Jigme Khesar's English is quite fluent.
The king studied at Oxford so I would expect his command of English would be rather good.
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What a wonderful, handsome and likeable couple !
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On November 17th there was held a reception on behalf of the Japan-Bhutan friendship society. Over 500 Japanese have come to greet the newlyweds.

**Pic** - all photos Kyodo
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TM the King and the Queen have visited an elementary school in Soma city (pref Fukushima) on November 18th, 2011.

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HM the Empress and HIH the Crown Prince visiting the Bhutanese royal couple at Akasaka palace on November 18th, 2011.

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Addresses by His Majesty the Emperor (2011) - The Imperial Household Agency
Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the State Banquet in Honor of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck of the Kingdom of Bhutan (November 16, 2011)
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