Japan's Princess Mako Meets Bolivia's President

Japan's Princess Mako meets Bolivia's president

Japan's Princess Mako has paid a courtesy call to Bolivian President Evo Morales. She is visiting the country to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants.

The daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino arrived in La Paz, Bolivia's administrative capital, on Monday. She earlier visited Peru as part of a regional tour.

Princess Mako met Morales at his presidential office. She was dressed in a kimono with a sash bearing the red, yellow and green colors of the Bolivian flag.

The princess said she was looking forward to exploring the country and meeting the president to mark the 120th anniversary of Japanese immigration.

The country is said to be home to more than 10,000 people of Japanese descent.

Morales told the princess that he hopes her visit will be meaningful and enjoyable.

Princess Mako is said to have conveyed a message from Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako expressing hope for the further deepening of bilateral ties.

Morales later took the princess to the roof of the 29-storey presidential office, where she enjoyed the stunning vista of rows of houses nestled in a canyon, surrounded by the Andes mountains.