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Old 10-27-2017, 01:56 AM
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Luxembourg State Visit to Japan: November 27-30, 2017

Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg to Visit Japan | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

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1. His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg will pay a State Visit to Japan from Monday, November 27 to Thursday, November 30, 2017.

2. During their stay in Japan, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg will make a State Call on Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress will host a State Banquet in honor of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Mrs. Abe will hold a meeting with Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess and also host a dinner in their honor.

3. The Government of Japan sincerely welcomes the visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess and hopes that the visit will further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
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Old 10-27-2017, 02:02 AM
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I’m so happy to see two new state visits announced today.

I was getting a bit discouraged what with state visits getting postponed and cancelled all over the place this year.
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:45 AM
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Great News. What i find iteresting is that they are only now invited to a State Visit to Japan as Henri is Grand Duke since 17 years. The 3 new King Felipe, Willem-Alexander and Philippe where invited much earlier.
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I’m so happy to see two new state visits announced today.
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:15 PM
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I recall that the Grand Duchess was unable to travel by airplane. This is quite a long-haul flight! I hope this means she is able to travel again.
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I think she's fine now or the fear is no longer overwhelming. Presumably, the Grand Duchess went to Finland last year and Norway this year by plane.
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Great News. What i find iteresting is that they are only now invited to a State Visit to Japan as Henri is Grand Duke since 17 years. The 3 new King Felipe, Willem-Alexander and Philippe where invited much earlier.
Fair point. That said, in economic and geopolitical terms, Luxembourg is hardly a major force.
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I think she's fine now or the fear is no longer overwhelming. Presumably, the Grand Duchess went to Finland last year and Norway this year by plane.
I suppose that using the Trans Siberia Express to Vladivostok and the ferry to Japan is not an option for the Grand Duchess. So the plane it is. Let's hope that the Grand Duchess found a way to deal with her fears indeed, there must be therapies for such a thing.

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Fair point. That said, in economic and geopolitical terms, Luxembourg is hardly a major force.
Neither are Belgium or The Netherlands I suppose, but of course still somewhat larger than Luxembourg. Perhaps the state visit will see some interest from some of Japan's financial institutions that are considering a move to the EU27.
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Old 10-30-2017, 05:50 PM
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Neither are Belgium or The Netherlands I suppose, but of course still somewhat larger than Luxembourg. Perhaps the state visit will see some interest from some of Japan's financial institutions that are considering a move to the EU27.
According to IMF, Japan is the 3rd largest economy (after the US and China); Spain is the 14th largest and the Netherlands is not far behind them at the 18th spot on the ranking. Belgium is at 25 and Luxembourg at 76. The EU as a whole is second after the US (but not counted in the ranking).
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GD Maria Teresa will not attend the state visit to Japan due to her fear of flying. Princess Alexandra will accompany GD Henri instead.

https://twitter.com/SydneyLux/status/931494446788698112

The Cour's agenda has been updated.



ETA: Luxemburger Wort - Prinzessin Alexandra fliegt mit nach Japan

"The wife of the Grand Duke unfortunately did not manage to overcome her fear of longer flights despite years of effort."

Luxemburger Wort - Phobie de l'avion: la Grande-Duchesse n'ira pas au Japon

"The Grand Duchess will unfortunately not be able to participate in the state visit to Japan because of her air transport phobia, which has already been reported publicly in the past, despite the many efforts she has made to try to to overcome this anguish, the Grand Duchess deeply regrets not being able to make this long journey alongside the Grand Duke. "
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GD Maria Teresa will not attend the state visit to Japan due to her fear of flying. Princess Alexandra will accompany GD Henri instead.
A pity, but great to see Princess Alexandra taking part in official business.
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Sorry not to see the Grand Duchess, but wonderful to see Alexandra taking on more duties.



I was actually thinking that in 5-6 years we might see Princess Aiko take the same role with Emperor Naruhito, since Masako doesn’t seem able to do long foreign visits.
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Agenda for the state visit:
Visite d’État de S.A.R. le Grand-Duc au Japon (27-29.11.2017) - gouvernement.lu // L’actualité du gouvernement du Luxembourg

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GD Maria Teresa will appear via video at the Luxembourg-Japan Finance Conference's opening ceremony on the 29th.

ETA: Luxarazzi: Coming Up Next Week: State Visit Schedule
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You know whenever somebody from little nation like Luxembourg does a state visit to a nation as big as Japan I was picture a mouse visiting an elephant for lunch or something. I hope the state visit goes well.

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Official welcome / Day 1: Getty Images, Sankei, Asahi

Emperor Akihito asked after GD Jean. The Imperial couple spoke to GD Henri and Princess Alexandra for about 15 minutes. GD Henri has been to Japan over 10 times. [Mainichi]

GD Henri addressing the Japan-Luxembourg Business Forum.
https://twitter.com/DFoyLux/status/934963083088236544
https://twitter.com/ProfMatsuoka/sta...60937219457024

It's also the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Luxembourg and Japan. [NHK]
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Looking forward to more photos

Big event for Alexandra, accompanying her dad on a state visit.
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Here are some more photos of the first day:


** rex gallery 1 ** rex gallery 2 **


** wort.lu gallery: Im Reich der aufgehenden Sonne **


** tageblatt.lu gallery: Großherzog Henri auf Staatsvisite in Japan **
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RTL.lu - Déi neiste Fotogalerien - Staatsvisite a Japan (27. - 29.11.17)
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Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri and Princess Alexandra are welcomed by Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko - Zimbio
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