Princess Mako Praises Japanese Peruvians at Lima Ceremony


Lima, July 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Princess Mako showed her respects to Peruvians of Japanese descent at a ceremony in Lima, the capital of Peru, on Wednesday to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the country.

The ceremony, part of events for the princess during her stay in Peru on the first leg of her two-nation South American tour, was attended by more than 500 Japanese Peruvians.

"I would like to show my heartfelt respects" to the Japanese Peruvian community that has established a firm foothold in Peru after overcoming numerous hardships, the princess, the eldest daughter of Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, told the ceremony.

Princess Mako also said, "I will continue bearing in mind the fact that Japanese immigrants and their descendants have gone through difficulties through diligent and sincere efforts, and built their lives and settled down in Peruvian society." She also thanked Peru for accepting the Japanese immigrants into the country.

Abel Fukumoto, 71, head of the Japanese Peruvian Association, said, "Even in our 120th year, we, Japanese Peruvians, continue to feel pride in being descendants of the Japanese immigrants."

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