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Monday, 15th June 2009
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Japanese royals conduct Peruvian visit

Members of the Japanese royal family have visited Peru in celebration of the 110th anniversary of the start of Japanese emigration to the South American nation.

Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of the reigning Emperor Akihito, arrived in the Peruvian city of Lima with his wife Princess Hanako to place a commemorative wreath at the Bridge of Friendship centennial monument, which contains the names of the first 790 Japanese emigrants.

Following the ceremony, the prince and princess were given an official welcome by the Peruvian president Alan Garcia.

The royal visit also included a trip to the Japanese Immigration Museum and a meeting with representatives of the local Peruvian-Japanese community, and the tour will continue with a journey to Bolivia in the coming days.

Last month, Tokyo's 2016 Olympic bid committee expressed its interest in involving members of the imperial royal family in assisting the city's campaign in a bid to boost its international profile.

Witten by Mark Smith