June 8-14 2006 Kawaguchi to accompany emperor, empress to S.E. Asia
Former Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, who is currently a House of Councillors member, will head the group of officials accompanying Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in their weeklong visit to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand starting June 8, the Cabinet decided Tuesday.............. http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060523/kyodo/d8hp5e4o0.html
Timetable of the Emperor and Empress' week long visit
June 8:Leave Tokyo's Haneda Airport for Singapore
June 9:Attend a banquet to be hosted by Singaporean President S.R. Nathan
June 10:Move on with their visit to Malaysia
They will visit the northern Malaysia state of Perak
June 11: Fly to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur
They will participate in events marking the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's reign
June 14: Return to Japan
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Japanese royal couple due in Singapore as nations mark 40-year ties
...................Yutaka Kawashima, Imperial Household's Grand Master of Ceremonies, said: "The majesties are looking forward to seeing Singapore and meeting friends there. I'm sure his visit will certainly further enhance the very friendly and cooperative relations between the 2 countries.
"..............They'll be quite impressed with the progress and prosperity that Singaporeans have achieved."...............One of the places the royal couple will visit in Singapore will be the National Library, where they are expected to donate some of their own books.
The Emperor and Empress only travel overseas once every two years. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...211823/1/.html
Japan's Royal Couple Brings Back Nostalgia To Ipoh
The day-long visit by Japan's Emperor and Empress to Perak on June 10 is akin to fulfilling a promise made 15 years ago.
Back in 1991, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko who were visiting Malaysia, had to cancel their trip to Ipoh as the city was enveloped in thick haze that had drifted from hot spots across the Melaka Straits.
This would be the royal couple's third visit to the country and is regarded as very significant because apart from Malaysia, only Germany, United States and Belgium were the countries that they had visited more than twice......................... http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v3/ne....php?id=201952
Japanese Emperor Akihito speaks to reporters as Empress Michiko looks on at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, June 6, 2006. The Japanese royal couple gave the news conference ahead of their Southeast Asian trip. They will visit Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia to strengthen Japan's relations with its Asian neighbors. In Bangkok, they plan to attend Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of his coronation.
Related article Japan's emperor calls for understanding of past
...............Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, depart on June 8 on a trip some see as an opportunity to emphasise Japan's desire for peace in Asia after diplomatic spats with China and South Korea that are partly caused by differing views of history."It is important to build friendly relationships, based on a complete understanding of history," Akihito, 72, told a news conference at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Michiko, 71, wearing a terracotta dress and pearls, appeared with the grey-suited emperor, apparently having recovered from a cold that delayed the media event from last week................. http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060606/3/2ljnw.html
Articles about the press conference on June 6, 2006. Emperor expresses sorrow for those died in S.E. Asia during WWII
............."Many people, including Japanese, lost their lives (in Southeast Asia), and that is heartbreaking," said the 72-year-old emperor at a news conference..................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060606/kyodo/d8i2mci80.html
Japan's emperor concerned about fading war memories
............"We should never forget about this history and I think each of our citizens shouldcooperate and make an effort to form a society with no fighting," Akihito told Japanese and foreign journalists................ http://uk.news.yahoo.com/06062006/32...-memories.html
Press Conference by Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan Before Their Majesties’ Visit to the Republic of Singapore and the Kingdom of Thailand Date: 6 June 2006 Imperial Palace, Tokyo （Imperial Household Agency Press Club） Question 1
This question is addressed to both Your Majesties. This will be your first visit to the Kingdom of Thailand and Malaysia in 15 years and your first visit to the Republic of Singapore since His Majesty’s enthronement. Please tell us your impressions of each of these countries and what your aspirations are for these visits. Furthermore, all of the places that you will be visiting are regions with high temperatures. Please also tell us if, in preparation for these visits, Your Majesties have discussed how to maintain your health. Response by His Majesty
We will be visiting Singapore on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of our diplomatic relations, and also Thailand to attend the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty the King of Thailand. In between our visits to both countries, we will spend the weekend in Malaysia, where we are scheduled to visit the state of Perak, the visit to which was cancelled when we visited Malaysia in 1991.
We visited Singapore 36 years ago in 1970 as the Crown Prince and Crown Princess and met President Encik Yusof bin Ishak and First Lady Puan Noor Aishah. We also had the opportunity to talk to Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the banquet that he held for us. It was not long after Singapore had gained independence, when the country was striving to develop itself, and I remember planting a cycad tree in what was then an empty area of the Jurong district. That area is now a Japanese garden, and I am looking forward to seeing both the tree and the Japanese garden. Approximately ten years after this visit, we also stopped off in Singapore on our return back from our visits to Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. This will be our first visit in 25 years since that last visit. In the meantime Singapore has developed and each and every individual has come to enjoy a very prosperous life. I hear that the new companies in IT or bio-chemical industries are growing in addition to the old ones like the shipyard we had visited before. On this visit, I would like to deepen understanding about present-day Singapore. I will indeed be happy if I can, through this visit, somehow contribute to advancing mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of our nations.............................. http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/epress/epress-h18-0606.html
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend a send-off ceremony in the guesthouse of Tokyo International airport June 8, 2006. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are to go on a trip to Singapore and Thailand.
Related article Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko leave for Southeast Asia trip
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed Thursday morning from Tokyo's Haneda airport for a weeklong visit to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand....................Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as well as Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, saw off the couple at the airport............... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060608/kyodo/d8i3o6to0.html
Tokyo - Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were seen off at the Tokyo airport Thursday for a six-day trip to Southeast Asia by Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the Imperial Household Agency said.
The royal couple are on their way to pay their first visit to Singapore, where they are to attend a banquet hosted by President SR Nathan on June 9. They then will travel on to Malaysia's Perak state, known for its royal house descended from the rulers of Malacca.
On Sunday, the emperor and empress are to travel to Bangkok for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the ascension of His Majesty the King, the world's longest reigning monarch.
The two last visited Malaysia and Thailand as an imperial couple in 1999, two years after the emperor ascended to the throne.
Before the royal trip, the 71-year-old empress was diagnosed with a cold and cold sores from fatigue last week but decided to press on with the planned visits.
Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko arrive for three-day visit
SINGAPORE : Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have arrived in Singapore for a three-day state visit.
They are here at the invitation of President S R Nathan.
After they landed in Singapore, the first stop for the royal couple was the Japanese Gardens.
This place holds fond memories for the Emperor and Empress because they planted two trees there when they first visited Singapore in 1970.
These two trees are known as King Sago Palms.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko had visited Singapore a second time in 1981, when they were the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060608/5/...ore212622.html
Japan's Emperor Akihito looks at the Cycad (Cycas revolute) tree he planted during his visit to the Japanese Garden as the Crown Prince in 1970 in Singapore June 8, 2006.
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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are welcomed by Singapore President S.R Nathan upon their arrival at the Istana Presidential in Singapore, 09 June 2006.
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Related Article: Singapore and Japan's 40 years of diplomatic ties marked by Japan Emperor's visit
SINGAPORE: Singapore and Japan commemorates 40 years of diplomatic relations with a visit by the Japanese Emperor and Empress.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were accorded the state welcoming ceremony at the Istana.
After that, they met President S R Nathan.
The royal couple is here at his invitation....................... http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...212763/1/.html
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#7-9: Japan's Emperor Akihito, left, sits with Empress Michiko, while watching a skit performed by children, Friday, June 9, 2006 at the Singapore National Library in Singapore. (Polfoto)
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#7: Reuters-Wee Sok Hiong (in wheelchair), former first lady and wife of the late former President of Singapore Wee Kim Wee,k greets Japan's Emperor Akihito (3rd R) and Empress Michiko (R) in Singapore June 9, 2006.