Book by Japan's Next Emperor Republished in Britain

Society Culture

London, April 25 (Jiji Press)--A memoir written by Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito about his time studying at the University of Oxford in England was recently republished in Britain before he ascends the throne on Wednesday.

The Japan Society in London arranged the republication of "The Thames and I" in the hope of nurturing a better understanding of Japanese culture and society.

The Crown Prince studied the history of transportation on the Thames River at the university's Merton College for about two years from 1983.

The book was first published in Japanese in 1993 and then in English in 2006, translated by Hugh Cortazzi, former British ambassador to Japan and chairman of the Japan Society, who died last year.

In the 150-page translated edition, the Crown Prince tells of his friendship with other dormitory residents and his visits to pubs and discos.

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