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eya 02-18-2017 11:14 AM

Emperor and Empress of Japan:Visit to Vietnam 28 February-6 March
The Emperor and Empress of Japan will pay a state visit to Vietnam 28 February - 6 March, the first ever such visit between the two countries.

Following this visit, the imperial couple will go to Thailand on a brief visit to pay their condolences after the death of King Bhumibol.

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress Visits the Viet Nam ? Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Prisma 02-27-2017 10:59 PM

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed for Vietnam in the morning.

Mainichi gallery, Getty Images

Princess Yoko in bright yellow for the send off.
Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the Time of Their Majesties' Departure for the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Kingdom of Thailand (February 28, 2017)

iceflower 02-28-2017 02:42 AM


An article about the departure and beginning visit:

** dailymail: Japanese emperor departs for visit to Vietnam and Thailand **

Prisma 03-01-2017 12:11 AM

Imperial Couple on first visit to Vietnam | Nippon TV NEWS24 JAPAN

Japan emperor, empress arrive in Vietnam for 1st trip - The Mainichi

News VietNamNet: First activities of Japanese Emperor, Empress in Hanoi

iceflower 03-01-2017 06:31 AM


Here's a gettyimages gallery from today, that seems to be used for the whole trip and that will therefore obviously be updated during the next days:

** VNM: Japan's Emperor Akihito on official visit to Vietnam **

Prisma 03-02-2017 12:10 AM

Akihito's advice led to birth of Thailand's vital tilapia industry : The Asahi Shimbun

Japanese Emperor, Empress attend welcome ceremony in Hanoi | The Japan Times

Japanese emperor, empress attend welcoming ceremony in Hanoi - The Mainichi

Prisma 03-03-2017 12:07 AM

Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan at the State Banquet in Honour of Their Majesties, Hosted by the President and First Lady of Viet Nam (March 1, 2017) - The Imperial Household Agency

Imperial couple visit Ho Chi Minh tomb, attend banquet : The Asahi Shimbun

Emperor meets Vietnamese family members of WWII Japanese soldiers - The Mainichi

Japanese Emperor, Empress visit biology museum in Hanoi - News VietNamNet

President says good-bye to Japanese royal couple - News VietNamNet

Prisma 03-05-2017 05:44 PM

Emperor, Empress pay respects to late Thai King - The Mainichi

Mainichi gallery

Prisma 03-06-2017 02:48 PM

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned to Japan on the evening of March 6th.

Mainichi gallery

Al_bina 03-06-2017 05:59 PM

Thanks for the update!
The visit to Vietnam was successful. It is nice to see members of the family and Prime Minister Abe welcoming Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Tatiana Maria 03-07-2017 07:56 PM


The history of tilapia farming dates to the 1960s, when then Crown Prince Akihito, who is also an ichthyologist, recommended the fast-breeding tilapia as a promising solution for food shortages in rural Thailand when he visited the country in late 1964.

Japan donated 50 specimens the following year, which were bred by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a palace pond. The population exploded to 10,000, and their fingerlings were distributed to communities across the country through the intermediary of fisheries experimental stations.

With the spread of the aquaculture, the tilapia has become highly affordable and is the most consumed freshwater fish in this Southeast Asian country.


Tilapia have been taken up in publications related to the royal family and in university teaching materials in Thailand as a symbol of friendly ties with Japan.
It sounds like a wonderful achievement.

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