Ja­pan’s prince and princess to visit Hawaii in early June

The Maui News - - COUNTY/ IN BRIEF -

HONOLULU (AP) — The Ja­panese gov­ern­ment has an­nounced Prince Fu­mi­hito and Princess Kiko will visit Hawaii for the first time next month.

Prince Fu­mi­hito, the sec­ond son of Ja­pan’s Em­peror Ak­i­hito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, are ex­pected to visit Oahu from June 4 to June 8, the Honolulu Star-Ad­vertiser re­ported .

Deputy Con­sul Gen­eral of the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Ja­pan in Honolulu, Takayuki Shi­nozawa, said the visit is to build con­nec­tions with Ja­panese abroad.

“It’s ap­proved by the cab­i­net,” Shi­nozawa said. “We’re all so ex­cited.”

The cou­ple will visit sites on Oahu but will not travel to neigh­bor is­lands.

The an­nounce­ment came shortly af­ter a me­dia brief­ing Mon­day for the up­com­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 150th an­niver­sary of the first Ja­panese im­mi­grants mov­ing to Hawaii.

Fu­mi­hito is the sec­ond son of Ja­pan’s Em­peror Ak­i­hito, who an­nounced in De­cem­ber that he would step down from the Chrysan­the­mum Throne on April 30, 2019.

Ak­i­hito will be suc­ceeded by his el­dest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Prince Fu­mi­hito, 52, would then as­cend to the role of crown prince.

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