Princess Kako Meets Hungarian President

Princess Kako meets Hungarian president

Japanese Princess Kako has paid a courtesy call on Hungarian President Janos Ader.

The princess, the second daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino, is in Hungary to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It's the second leg of her first official trip abroad.

The princess, dressed in a formal kimono, visited the presidential office in the capital, Budapest, on Friday.

She was greeted by the president and the first lady.

Asked about her impression of Budapest, she described it as very beautiful.

The Hungarian president expressed his sympathy for Empress Emerita Michiko who has recently undergone surgery for breast cancer.

Princess Kako said her grandmother looked fine when she met her after the surgery.

The princess then visited the National Assembly building and met Speaker Laszlo Kover and a group of lawmakers working to enhance friendly ties between Japan and Hungary.

In a tour of the parliament building, the princess listened to an explanation of Hungary's history and then viewed the 96-meter tall dome and sculptures set on columns.

She is scheduled to attend a dinner to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japan-Hungary diplomatic ties on Saturday.