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Old 10-12-2017, 12:17 PM
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nice.
What a fantastic visit! All 5 days were wonderful. Heavy agenda but Frederik and Mary did a great job. I think Denmark can be very proud, and the Danish companies are probably very satisfied with the representation.

The two CP couples seem to get along quite well
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL7150JUEAAU5M9.jpg

"The Crown Prince visits the Kewpie Corporation and is introduced to the production of selected Japanese food products. The visit also has the objective of paying tribute to the strong ties between Japanese and Danish agriculture and food production as well as strengthening the partnership between Kewpie Corporation, which is one of Japan’s largest food producers, and the Danish company Sanovo Technology Group."
https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t5...98544640_n.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL6sAgzVAAA2IqO.jpg

Funabashi primary school
https://twitter.com/anderssamuelsen/...29077781610497
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL60_3iVAAABK1b.jpg

Mary at Design Walk visiting Danish companies
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL7R5_FVQAAIEyl.jpg

video of the Dinner
VIDEO: Mary og Masako skålede til kæmpe jubilæumsfest i Tokyo | BILLED-BLADET
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Summary of articles in Billed Bladet #41, 2017.
Written by our man in Japan, Ulrik Ulriksen.

When M&F arrived in Tokyo, they and the delegation were met at their hotel, Palace Hotel, as planned by Crown Prince Naruhito, but to the general surprise his wife, Crown Princess Masako, was also there.
Naruhito is a personal friend of M&F and have met them on a number of occasions.
Frederik explained: "We have a really good relationship with the Japanese CP-couple". And adds that his parents and grandparents also had a very close relationship with their contemporaries in Japan.

As you know the schedule was pretty packed! And involved an Ecco walkathon for 5.7 km in almost 30 degrees C (86 F). I understand the humidity in Tokyo at this time of year can be pretty bad!

They looked at Danish stands and products and concepts aimed at children at the Denmark Festival in the Toyosu Park. The in Denmark much beloved cartoon character, Rasmus Klump, is also very popular in Japan.
https://bdk.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/res...smus-klump.jpg
http://finespind.dk/images/artikelbi...nnerne1600.jpg
In particular aimed at 4-8 year olds, it's about friendship, adventure, having fun with new friends, eating pancakes and missing mum. The cartoon is so old it was around in my childhood and still going strong! It's also a very peaceful cartoon, devoid of violence.

Fashion was also a theme. Mary looked at a Danish-inspired kimono (See Japan-D), which she took some snapshots of.

No trip to Japan can be complete without visiting a genuine Japanese garden. There are in particular three gardens, that are considered the very definitions of a true Japanese garden. This is perfection! Even the imperfections are perfect! One such garden is Kanazawa, and it was here M&F were photographed on a bridge, Mary in a lace-dress.

Frederik also went to the area affected by the tsunami in 2011. Here he had requested to meet and indeed did meet some of the children he met, when he first visited the area, as the first royal - at all. That took place in the Naruse Oka School in the town of Higashi-Matsushima.
1.133 died in the tsunami and Frederik laid a wreath at the memorial for the dead located in the Earthquake Memorial Park.
At the school Frederik joined several teams for indoor-soccer and showed off his footwork. (He did play soccer as a child and that can be seen!)
Frederik again showed his good rapport with children, as he put it himself: "Sport is a universal language". (*)
Frederik has followed the rebuilding of the truly devastated area since 2011. And that has very much endeared him personally to both the locals but also in a more general sense it has heightened his status in Japan.
- There is a Japanese concept called Giri which can be translated to something like honor-debt. All Japanese are in debt. They are indebted to their company which is providing a lively hood for them. They are indebted to their parents for having given them life and brought them up. They are indebted to Japan, for being Japanese. And they are indebted to those who have helped or shown kindness when they were in need - as was the case with Frederik after the tsunami.
Now, you are never supposed to collect on that debt by asking a favor in return. You are not even supposed to expect gratitude or even recognition. The one who is in debt, giri-bound so to speak, is obligated to repay, if possible, the debt voluntarily and without being asked or even encouraged to do so.
So to put it simply: The locals are honor-bound to repay the kindness and attention Frederik has shown them in a similar way, should he ever need it.
Giri, however also goes the other way. If someone has wronged you, you are honor-bound to, if not to take revenge, then certainly to address that wrong that has been done to you.
- I hope my simplified explanation of this intriguing concept made sense.

While Frederik was away playing soccer Mary planted a tree in the H C Andersen Park in the town of Funabashi. - Just like in China, H C Andersen is mandatory in most Japanese schools. That also included opening a new playground in the park. In typical Japanese fashion, such an act is "pure", so Mary wore white gloves. Which is the most correct and respectful thing to do in such circumstances.

The Danish businesses are very pleased! That also includes the pharmaceutical industry. There are a lot of ceder-trees in Japan. As in seriously-many-heaps of ceder trees! And while the trees are very beautiful and appreciated by the Japanese, ceder trees produce pollen as if they were paid for it! So they are the most common cause of pollen-allergy in japan. With tens of millions of Japanese affected by the allergy each year. Ceder trees are mainly imported to Japan, so the locals haven't developed as strong an immune system against the pollen as elsewhere in the world.
Now a Danish company has developed a medicine that over a few years, will boost the immune system of those who are allergic, so they go from having periods of what can be best compared to mild flues to a slight running nose and slight itching in the eyes. The company expects to sell basically all they can produce of the drug to Japan.

Scans of BB this week: BB #41, 2017

And last week for those interested: BB #40, 2017

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Some of you may recall the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin back in the 70's. Idi Amin was an NCO in the British colonial army in Uganda and at the independence he got a crash course in being an officer. He was to put it mildly not the most well-educated man who has ever lived, but he was cunning and street wise. Anyway, at the independence Idi Amin was supposed to take over a battalion from the British. When he arrived at the barracks he was basically shown his desk by the British commander, - here is the in-tray and that's the out-tray, now you are in charge. Have a nice life!
So Idi Amin was left pretty much on his own with a battalion of soldiers who was in the verge of mutiny, because they simply didn't know what the future would bring. So Idi Amin tossed a few footballs among the soldiers and encouraged them to play along and after a couple of hours he had established himself as the overdog.
- That Uganda would come to regret that the soldiers didn't kill him, is another matter.
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End of the visit

It's almost touching that Crown Princess Masako whole three times has shown up public in connection with the Danish Crown Prince couple's visit. ♥ ️ What a recognition, that certainly is not anyone vouchsafed!!

Over 30 different visits have F&M (again) reached on this official culture and business promotion. It must be hard work from morning to evening - added with jet lag and other time zones. Nevertheless, they continue tirelessly and well prepared and with big smiles, charm and joy.
We can be proud here in little Denmark.

Gallery from the gala dinner tonight:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/News-abo...73413692826484

Pictures from gala dinner:
https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...e4&oe=5A716E78
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https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...1c&oe=5A7720D1


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BT article and pictures about Crown Princess Masako showing up three times during Frederik and Mary's visit:
https://www.bt.dk/royale/hun-forsvan...ev-moedt-af-en

With two beautiful Scanpix pictures from the gala dinner:
https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...japan-2017.jpg
https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...japan-2017.jpg
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:57 PM
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thank you Muhler for the translations and information.
It was a very successful trip

gallery from the Sanovo Technology Group
"Today, HRH the Crown Prince of Denmark visited our long time valued customer Kewpie Corporation, who is the largest mayonnaise producer in Japan. During the visit, he started up the production of a new SANOVO OptiBreaker 12"
https://www.facebook.com/sanovotechn...type=3&theater
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...2d&oe=5A413550
https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net...fb&oe=5A803182

gallery and videos
https://www.sanovogroup.com/news/dan...isit-to-japan/


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from one of the company executives
"We also had the great pleasure of having H.R.H Crown Prince Frederik stop by our other hummel stand at the embassy. Moreover, The Crown Prince held a kick-ass speech, communicating the historical ties between Denmark and Japan, as well as his personal ties to the country. Super."
https://www.facebook.com/ChristianNi...type=3&theater
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Anyone know why Mary is sitting next to Naruhito in the picture linked above? Wouldn't protocol dictate that the 2 heirs be seated next to one another?
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I am sure she sat where she was instructed to sit. Don't believe there is protocol for informal pictures. Now at formal dinner placement, that is different.
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I am sure she sat where she was instructed to sit. Don't believe there is protocol for informal pictures. Now at formal dinner placement, that is different.
Oh I have no doubt that they all sat where instructed, it just looked "off" to me. This being an informal photo call makes sense, and I definitely was thinking more along the lines of a formal dinner, etc. Thank you for your reply
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:00 AM
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Daily Mail is wrapping up their coverage: Crown Princess Mary recycles Prada skirt in Japan tour | Daily Mail Online

There will be a TV-docu next week about the visit to Japan. Tuesday IIRC and on DR1, which means you will be able to watch it as well.

Dunno.
A coincidence?
Because they were seated as couples?
Because Naruhito, as the gentleman he no doubt is, offered Mary the seat next to him?
Anyway, as personal friends no one will mind.

ADDED: In the article it reads: This meeting was to mark the official celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Japan and Denmark relationship
Shouldn't it be: of the Japanese and Danish relationship?
It's the same here in DK. Many journalists can't spell or master basic grammar and they are supposed to be professionals when it comes to writing...
Or is it because they believe their readers can't figure out that Japanese people come from Japan? So better make it as simple as possible...
I fully expect one day that a Joe Blockhead will appear on TV convinced that the Japans live in Japan, the Chinas live in China and the Denmarks live in Denmark. - That'll be the day I'll go to live the rest of my life in a cave in Tibet (you know, where the Tibets live!) having lost any hope for the human race.
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Frederik and Mary (and the Danish delegation) left Tokyo during the night in a commercial SAS flight.
It lands in Copenhagen today at 14.15.
I bet there are 4 children who can’t wait to be picked up from school :)

https://mobile.twitter.com/svane_fre...69711583297536
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:35 AM
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ADDED: In the article it reads: This meeting was to mark the official celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Japan and Denmark relationship
Shouldn't it be: of the Japanese and Danish relationship?
It's the same here in DK. Many journalists can't spell or master basic grammar and they are supposed to be professionals when it comes to writing...
I don't see anything wrong. It's about countries, not people. These countries has official relationship last 150 years. People from these countries had contacts/relationships long before that. It's standard phrase.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:41 AM
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Frederik and Mary (and the Danish delegation) left Tokyo during the night in a commercial SAS flight.
It lands in Copenhagen today at 15.45.
I bet there are 4 children who can’t wait to come home from School :)

https://mobile.twitter.com/svane_fre...69711583297536
And then straight off to the autumn holiday which starts today. So I doubt we'll see anything of them for the next week.

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I don't see anything wrong. It's about countries, not people. These countries has official relationship last 150 years. People from these countries had contacts/relationships long before that. It's standard phrase.
My point was that the journalists perhaps think their readers can't distinguish between Japan and Japanese. That's too complicated...
And from that there is but a short step to begin calling the Japanese Japans instead.

Danish and Denmark is even more complicated, alas...

It's an unfortunate trend that annoys me. Like when they write "the Poland national team, instead of the Polish national team"
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And then straight off to the autumn holiday which starts today. So I doubt we'll anything of them for the next week.
very nice! It has been a very long trip, coupled with Frederik's recent trip to China and Mary's to New York, plus their other work events. Happy holiday for the family indeed.

a short video of the CP couples arriving to the official 150 anniversary celebration
https://www.instagram.com/p/BaL9WL3H...by=stenomatisk

a few more pictures
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL_FpghUMAEEdAk.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DL_FpgiUEAI-MVb.jpg
https://www.instagram.com/p/BaKdgnhh...ikolaj_schnoor
http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id860726148
http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id860726276

https://www.profimedia.cz/data/image...0352772090.jpg
https://www.profimedia.cz/data/image...0352772094.jpg

a job well done Frederik and Mary
https://www.profimedia.cz/data/image...0352772118.jpg
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Two last, but sweet pictures of F&M to the final gala dinner in Japan :)

https://www.profimedia.cz/data/image...0352772118.jpg
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I've been really enjoying the photos and videos from this trip, thank you to everyone who provided them. It was nice to see Mary and Frederik with the Japanese Imperial family too.
I'd love to visit Japan some day, it's a beautiful country!
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According to page 3 of Sankei Imperial Weekly #508, Princess Aiko joined discussions before and after the dinner with CP Frederik and CP Mary on October 11th.

Back in 2015, Princess Aiko joined conversation before dinner with the Danish CP couple.
Source: page 1 of Sankei Imperial Weekly #377

Addresses by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince(2017) : Addresses by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince - The Imperial Household Agency
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Address by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan at the Official Celebration of the 150 Years Anniversary
Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

Your Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentleman,

 It is my great pleasure to be invited to the official ceremony to mark the important 150th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark. Once again, I sincerely welcome the visit to Japan by Your Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary.

 Their Royal Highnesses extended a warm welcome to me when I visited Denmark last June and offered me their very courteous hospitality by, among other things, attending various events with me and hosted an intimate dinner for me. During my visit, while enjoying the wonderful weather, I had a precious opportunity to appreciate historic items associated with the Royal Family of Denmark and the Imperial House of Japan, as well as the wind-power generator which is a collaborative work between Japan and Denmark. I was impressed by the friendly relationship established over the past 150 years between Japan and Denmark, and am confident that the strong bond between our two countries will continue in the future.

 The day before yesterday, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik visited again Higashi-Matsushima City in Miyagi Prefecture which suffered a devastating damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake. When His Royal Highness visited the city in June 2011 immediately after the disaster, I can imagine how much the local people were encouraged by his visit. I learned that during this visit, His Royal Highness met the children with whom he had played soccer in 2011. I am deeply grateful that the bond of friendship that has arisen from the visit after the disaster now still remains strong. On the same day, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary payed a visit to Funabashi Andersen Park in Chiba Prefecture. I heard that it was her second visit to the park, and that she was again able to see those children whom she had met twelve years ago. Although I am the Honourary President for the 150th Anniversary of the Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations, I have never been there, and so I would like to spare some time in the future to visit the park, and then to catch up with Crown Princess Mary.

 Lastly, I would like to express my sincere wish for the further development of the friendly relationship between our two countries, and the success and prosperity for Your Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, as well as for all of you attending here tonight.

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that is a very warm speech thank you for sharing .
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https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/kronprinspar...parret-i-japan

Here is a documentary covering M&F's visit to Japan. It's a well-rounded and informative coverage, apparently done by the same journalist who covered CP Naruhito's visit to DK a while back.
Those of you who can understand Japanese may perhaps be able to add something.

After covering the walkathon and trying to interview a few of the locals, we get to:
5:30 Where our reporter states that the DRF and JIF are close friends, and have been close since the beginning of diplomatic relations 150 years ago. - They met each other many times.
Annette Kokholm from Aller press says that they have known each other for all 150 years or perhaps even longer - which is more than unlikely!
They may even be closer than we may think and know about.

6.30 Frederik's first official job abroad actually went to Japan (and not as we might imagine, to a more "safe" environment in Norway or Sweden).
That was in 1987. In 1997 he went back. And in 2005 he brought Mary with him.

Asger Røjle is a Danish Japan-expert. And says that the DRF is popular, so the JIF may use the DRF (among others I believe) as an inspiration in making the JIF more open. (More on that later. The DRF and the JIF also have a very long history and family line in common, which also means something to the historically conscious Japanese).

Japan is the worlds third largest economy, with some 137 million inhabitants, of which some 35 million live in the greater Tokyo area.
Japan is a curious mix of very old traditions and culture, while being hyper modern at the same time.

M&F visits the garden and an art museum, and while there were plenty of Danish journalists there, there were lots of Japanese reporters as well! The Japanese coverage has been very good indeed. (Not least because of Naruhito and especially Masako).

While the DRF and JIF have a lot in common, there is one area where they are totally different.
12.00
M&F mingle among ordinary people and that is very much noted in Japan! Also when Naruhito visited DK. There they saw him mingle with ordinary people on the streets as well, something almost unheard of in Japan.
In DK you can get within a couple of meters of the walls of Amalienborg, this moat is as close as you can get to the Imperial palace. Even the surrounding buildings are not allowed to exceed a certain height.
And cameras are not particularly welcome!
Since WWII the JIF has been the symbol of Japan, rather than Japan personified as was the case previously.
As is the case today, while the Emperor has a lot of political status, his political power is very limited. That was, with a few exceptions also the case previously. - In contrast the Danish kings had for periods almost total political power, and until recently at least a very strong political hand.

The Japanese Emperor is actually only required to show himself in public on his birthday and on 2nd January. But in fact he is much more out in public than any previous emperors, and his son, Naruhito, is expected to go along that route and open even more up to the public. - As far as conservative circles in Japan will allow. They prefer the old method: Having a distant, mythological emperor, who preferably keeps his mouth shut, to back them up.

15.00 - Frederik is visiting the area affected by the tsunami. Frederik was the first royal there, at all. - Which is normal in European context, but not in Japanese context. And the locals have never forgotten him for that gesture.
Frederik explains: "A good friend is there. Also when things are bad". And Denmark (and he himself) was there right after the disaster.
When Frederik was here last he played soccer with some school pupils, now he is meeting with four of them, who are progressing in the educational system.

20:00 - The JIF is incredibly popular and has a huge support from the public.

21.00 - Frederik explains that each time they are in Japan, they are invited by the Emperor for a dinner, just the four of them.
Naruhito face a daunting job, once he becomes emperor.
On top of that there is only one boy in the imperial family, because girls can't sit on the throne, so that is a cause for concern.
There is a general gender-equality problem in Japan. In a country where there is virtually no childcare until pre-school age, it's the job of the husband to work long hours and the wife to stay at home, despite often having a very high education.
That limits Japanese women's possibilities for having a career, and certainly reaching the top. (And is probably one very good reason why so many young Japanese women now choose to remain single).

26:00 - M&F are directly used to help promote Danish businesses and products. That means that while the head of a Danish supplier would normally meet with Japanese businessmen several levels down, they now meet with the boss himself. And that the Japanese CP-couple is there as well is almost sensational, certainly close to unbelievable! - That gives the Danish businessmen status and means they are remembered.

29:00 - After comparing Naruhito and Frederik, who are not that alike, it's Mary and Masako who are compared. Mary is hugely popular in DK and also very respected, having quickly found her own role. Masako struggled initially. It wasn't exactly helpful that it took several years for them to have a child (because we all know that childlessness is entirely the woman's fault, right?) So her public standing was not and still is not that high. And when they finally got a child, it was a girl. So she retired from the public view.

31:00 - Our reporter is visiting a large TV-network, that has a show covering the JIF - but only from a positive angle.
Not because they have to or are obliged to, but apparently because they prefer it that way. The reporter has been told not to ask why, but tries anyway...
They show the reporter the docu they made of Naruhito's visit to DK recently.

The docu ends with the final gala and a Frederik in fine form giving a speech, ending with a sincere thank you.
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Thanks Muhler
It was indeed a great and well-informed documentary about the visit. As well as Japan's culture and the contrast between the tradition-bound Japanese empire and the lot more free and modern monarchy which F&M now continues and leads. It was quite interesting to see how impressive the Japanese were over seeing our Danish Crown Prince couple walking there in the middle of the street of Tokyo mixed with the locals Japanese. They were not used to seeing that with their own royals. And in Denmark it is just normal. An interesting contrast. It seems the Japanese Crown Prince (couple) can have a hard time renewing the Japanese empire.

It is a pleasure to see that the Crown Prince pair always represents Denmark in the best way.

And it was interesting to learn how close the ties were between the Danish royal family and the Japanese empire. Perhaps especially between the two Crown Princes. Both Danish and Japanese presses also mentioned how a recognition it was that Crown Princess Masako had appeared publicly at all official programs she could attend during the Danish Crown Prince couple's visit.

I always enjoy DR's documentaries.
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thank you Muhler and Roskilde for the translations and summaries

Another 20 minutes -video summary from Billedbladet of Frederik and Mary's 5 days in Japan.



EKSKLUSIV VIDEO: Alt om Mary og Frederiks fantastiske tur til Japan | BILLED-BLADET
http://www.billedbladet.dk/sites/bil...RM6uNcTEkA.jpg
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Thank you, Polyesco.

BB's report focusing more on M&F and what they did and said is a good supplement to DR1's report, which focused more on the background info and Japan.
It was actually a very good report from BB.

I noticed a few details. It seems like the Japanese don't want foreign police officers to operate on their turf, security was almost exclusively Japanese.
I also failed to notice any uniformed adjutants accompanying M&F, despite this being very much a diplomatic visit as well. Presumably in respect for Japan's non-militaristic stance.

And another delightful thing I noticed, and have noticed recently. Frederik now makes sense when he speaks. His oratorical skills have very much improved. - They are not excellent, good heavens no, but much better. I imagine he has had a few oratorical victories and that has improved his confidence and means he is more relaxed when talking.
He used to be a nightmare to translate! That's not the case now.
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