Emperor, empress to visit India

TOKYO —

The emperor and empress will visit India later this year. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday that the imperial couple had been invited by the government of India to visit the country to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The emperor visited India once before when he was crown prince, NHK reported, but this will be his first visit as emperor.

Suga said the exact date for the visit has yet to be worked out. It will be the imperial couple’s first overseas trip since they went to London last May to attend events commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.

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    Virtuoso

    Knowing how LDP governments in the past have seen fit to use the emperor as a political pawn, it's clear that this visit is intended as a not-so-subtle dig at China.

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    Droll Quarry

    Maybe the Prince and Princess should go instead. Might add a little spice to their life..

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    Jaymann

    oh Joy!!!! For all the poor people in India struggling to survive... this visit by a foreign tax-paid-for Royal will just raise their spirits!!!

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    issa1

    This is great! Japan should conduct a more closest foreign policy with India. Aso-san will also make an meeting with the President of Sri Lanka, which is a good move to isolate china.

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    Eureka Alphonso

    I think its a great move! India is always very hospitable.

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