Emperor, Empress Arrive in Kochi for Their Last Marine Festival

Society

Nankoku, Kochi Pref., Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, on Saturday to attend an annual national festival for the protection of fishery resources and the conservation of the marine, river and lake environments.

A flight carrying the Imperial couple landed on Kochi Airport in the city of Nankoku.

Their participation in the national festival will be the last, ahead of the Emperor's abdication, scheduled for April next year.

On Saturday afternoon, the Emperor and the Empress visited Kochi Prefectural Forestry College in the city of Kami.

After its opening in 2015, the college made a full-fledged start in April this year to foster forestry workers in the prefecture, where forests account for 84 pct of all of its areas, the highest proportion among the country's 47 prefectures.

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