Originally posted by jun5+Jan 5th, 2004 - 4:53 pm--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (jun5 @ Jan 5th, 2004 - 4:53 pm)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Torkel@Jan 5th, 2004 - 11:17 am
Have anything been released about visits in 2004?
The Emperor and the Empress were going to pay the official visit to Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Parao for a war-dead memorial service and the exchange with Japanese descent sake this spring. However, it was canceled last month for the problem of defense. It was exceptional that the determined official visit was canceled.
These countries were the severe battle grounds of Japan and United States in World War II. The Emperor and the Empress wished to visit these countries strongly. [/b][/quote]
How sad that the Emperor and Empress had to cancel their visit.
One of the reasons I asked was because I hoped they might visit Norway (which is where I am from). When King Harald and Queen Sonja visited Japan in 2001 it was mentioned in the press that they had invited the Emperor and Empress to visit Norway. As they only go on these visits every second year, I hoped it was now time to visit Norway. I suppose I have to wait another two years (2006).