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Thursday, 9th October 2008
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Prince Charles plans 'low-key' visit to Japan

Prince Charles is planning a low-key visit to Japan together with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, it has emerged.

The office of the royal confirmed the trip would be scaled down as a result of the ongoing economic crisis, the Japan Times reports.

Instead of the normal 21-strong entourage, the prince's staff will number 15 for the visit, in a bid to appear less extravagant.

A spokeswoman for the prince said he is "aware of the economic situation".

The trip will celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK and Japan and will focus on a favourite topic of the royal - environmental sustainability.

Prince Charles has visited the country before, most recently in 1990, while his wife has never yet had an official trip to the region.

The ministry of foreign affairs in Japan notes that the visit will be from October 27th-31st 2008 and will see the royals meet with the emperor and empress of Japan as well as the prime minister Taro Aso.

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