Japan Prince Akishino Arrives In Uganda
News just coming in indicates that HIS Imperial Highness Prince Akishino-no-miya Fumihito Shinnō and Princess Akishino of Japan have arrived in Uganda for a three-day visit.
The dignitaries jetted in at around 8am.
They were welcomed at Entebbe Airport by State Minister for International Cooperation Okello Oryem and Gender Sate Minister Lukia Nakadama among other officials in the Foreign Affairs ministry.
The royal couple is expected to hold talks President Yoweri Museveni and his wife Janet Museveni at State House, Entebbe before touring the River Nile Bridge Project and Rice Research and Training Centre at Namulonge – both funded by the Government of Japan.
This is the first time in Uganda’s history that the royal family is visiting the Pearl of Africa.
The Prince will as well pay a visit to Phenix Logistics, a company owned by a Yuichi Kwashiwada - a Japanese national living in Uganda and Ashinaga – an orphanage.
Chimpreports.com has learned Akishino will also tour Uganda Wild Life Center and National Museum.
According to Uganda’s ambassador to Japan, Wasswa Biriggwa, the visit is one of the events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Uganda's independence and will boost the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Prince Akishino serves as the president of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology and the Japanese Association of Zoological Gardens and Aquariums.
He is also the honorary president of the World Wide Fund for Nature Japan, the Japan Tennis Association, and the Japan-Netherlands Association.
He is a visiting professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture.
Prince and Princess Akishino also foster friendly relations with foreign countries by representing Japan at select international events.
For example, they traveled to the Netherlands in August 2009 to commemorate 400 years of trade between Holland and Japan.
They were invited by the Dutch government and were hosted by Queen Beatrix in The Hague.
Their public activities included meeting Japanese language students, visiting the Siebold House, a university hospital, and two other museums.
At the Dutch National Archives, they attended the opening of a major exhibition of Japan-related material, "From Here to Tokyo, 400 Years of Trade with Japan;" they were accompanied by Dutch Princess Laurentien who lived and studied in Japan in her youth. In addition, this official visit also included talks with the Dutch prime minister.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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