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King and Queen of Sweden to undertake official visit to Japan

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will officially visit Japan from 22-25 April 2018 at the invitation of the Japanese government. The Royal Court of Sweden announced the visit this morning which will have a focus on business as Sweden and Japan are celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations this year.

The King and Queen will travel with members of the Swedish government Ibrahim Baylan, Co-ordinator and Energy Minister, and EU and Trade Minister Ann Linde. The three-day visit will occur in the Japanese capital of Tokyo and Kamakura.

Regarding the business centred trip, the Royal Court stated, “The EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement is expected to stimulate more trade and investment for both Sweden and Japan. A large Swedish business delegation will come along to attend the Japan-Sweden Business Summit, the largest meeting between Swedish and Japanese businesses organised so far.”

Representatives from the business sector of Sweden will also organise a significant amount of seminars and meetings with the purpose of strengthening trade relations between the two countries.

According to the Royal Court, issues that will be highlighted include research and sustainability, as well as social issues. The latter will surround ageing and violence against children.

Additionally, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will meet Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Emperor Michiko while in Japan. Their visit comes just over a year before the Emperor abdicates in favour of his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, on 30 April 2019.

They will also have a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife who will host a welcome dinner in honour of the King.

Details regarding Their Majesties programme for the official visit will be released at a later date.

The last royal visit to Japan was in April 2017 when Crown Princess Victoria undertook a four-day visit to discuss sustainability.

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