Crown Prince And Princess To Visit Poland, Finland

Crown Prince and Princess to visit Poland, Finland

Japan's Crown Prince and Princess Akishino will officially visit Poland and Finland next month to celebrate 100 years of diplomatic ties between Japan and the European countries.

The Imperial Household Agency said it was formally decided that Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko will make their 10-day official trip starting June 27.

Crown Prince Akishino is first in line to the throne.

The trip will be the first official visit to a foreign country by Imperial Family members since Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne on May 1.

The Crown Prince and Princess are scheduled to pay a courtesy call to the presidents of Poland and Finland on the trip. They will then attend receptions, where Crown Prince Akishino will give a speech expressing his wish for the development of friendship between Japan and the countries.

The Crown Prince and Princess will watch a traditional form of Japanese theater, Noh, in Poland and attend a concert in Finland. They will also meet local students who study Japanese.

They are scheduled to return to Japan on July 6.

Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, is scheduled to officially visit Peru and Bolivia in July. Princess Kako, his second daughter, is expected to visit Austria and Hungary in September. It will be her first official trip abroad.