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Tuesday, 7th July 2009
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Japanese emperor visits Canada

Emperor Akihito, Japan's monarch and ceremonial head, arrived in Canada last week for the start of a 12-day tour of the country, which began yesterday (July 6th).

The emperor - who is making the tour with his wife, the Empress Michiko - is the first head of the Japanese monarchy to visit Canada, after visiting as a prince in 1953.

As part of the tour, the Emperor and his wife will be visiting Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria.

Over the weekend, the couple visited the MacKenzie King estate outside Ottawa.

Prime minister of Canada Stephen Harper said: "The Imperial Couple's visit is a particularly special occasion for the thousands of Canadians of Japanese descent who have contributed so much to our country."

Ken Coates, president of the Japan Studies Association and professor at the University of Waterloo, told the Globe and Mail that the visit is a "marvellous opportunity" for the couple to learn about Canada.

Written by Mark Smith.

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