Japan to Donate 6,500 Cherry Trees to Britain


London, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan will donate about 6,500 cherry trees to Britain as a symbol of the bilateral friendship, with a ceremony to plant some of them held in Regent's Park in central London on Wednesday.

The event was attended by Prince Richard, Japanese Ambassador to Britain Yasumasa Nagamine, British government officials and lawmakers, officials of companies and individuals that provided funds for the cherry tree donation project, and students of primary schools accepting cherry trees.

The project has been led by a Japanese private-sector team and supported by the Japanese and British governments.

"What better way to commemorate the longstanding friendship between the people of the United Kingdom and Japan, than the planting of Japanese cherry trees that will live on for future generations to enjoy," Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, said.

"The response we have had from all across the UK...has been amazing," Keisaku Sano, joint chief of the project team and head of the Japan Association in the UK, said. "It is testament to the strong relationship between the two countries, and we hope the trees will be a lasting tribute to that."

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