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Tuesday, 28th October 2008
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Prince Charles calls for climate change focus during Japan visit

Prince Charles has called for a global effort to build a low-carbon society while on a visit to Japan.

The prince arrived in Tokyo yesterday (October 27th) with his wife Camilla and embarked on a five-day tour of the country to mark the 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between Japan and the UK.

It is the first time he has been to Japan since his last visit 18 years ago with the late Princess of Wales to attend the coronation of Emperor Akihito.

Speaking during his visit, the prince said the current financial crisis should not divert attention away from the need to confront climate change, reports AFP.

"While we hope and pray that the underlying strengths of the global economy will enable it to bounce back, the effects of climate change will be far from temporary and will, indeed, be irreversible," he commented.

Since his arrival, Prince Charles also had a meeting with Asimo, a dancing robot whose name is an acronym for Advanced Steps in Mobility, reports the Times.

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