Japan Crown Prince to Visit France Next Month


Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito is set to make an official visit to France on Sept. 7-15.

The schedule of the trip, his fourth to the European country, was reported to Tuesday's cabinet meeting. This will be his first official visit to France. Crown Prince Naruhito last toured the nation in September 1991.

The French government offered an invitation for the visit, with this year marking the 160th anniversary of the conclusion of the Japan-France amity and commerce treaty.

Crown Princess Masako, who is receiving treatment for stress-related illness, will not accompany her husband, due to possible negative impacts on her health from the long-haul trip, informed sources said.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, Crown Prince Naruhito will arrive in Lyon, southeastern France, on a government jet on Sept. 7, and make a day trip to a winery in the nearby Bourgogne region and a research facility in Grenoble, also southeastern France.

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