The Duke of Cambridge spent the second day of his tour of Japan paying his respects and laying a wreath at Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Yokohama.
Accompanying the Duke were Defence Attaches of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India, all of whom have soldiers buried at the cemetery. Prince William placed a tribute of chrysanthemums, which included a handwritten note from him.
The 2nd-in-line to the throne concluded his cemetery visit by signing a visitors’ book, which had been placed next to a photograph of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, whom was shown laying a wreath at the same cemetery in 1995.
Later on in the day, Prince William met the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace.
The 32-year-old told the emperor, whom he last met in 2012 at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Sovereign Monarchs’ lunch: “Your Majesty, it’s very nice to see you again. Thank you for having me here.”
His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan also met the Duke privately.
In the afternoon, His Royal Highness focused on British technology and innovation and officially launched the Innovation is GREAT campaign at Academy Hills.
The Duke later said few words about British and Japanese collaboration together and highlighted innovation links between Japan and the UK.
Afterwards, William met three UK Tech Award winners and saw a number of products which demonstrated British innovation, which were on show for the Japanese delegates.
To end a busy second day in the country, The Duke attended a reception at the British Embassy, which was held by the Ambassador, where he will meet high profile Japanese figures including politicians, artists, young leaders and other experts in their fields.
Yesterday, on his first ever trip to Japan, the Prince took speedboat ride to Tokyo Bay, which will host much of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Japan is part of a four day tour of the country before he travels to China for a three day stay.
Whilst in China he will promote British commercial creativity and innovation to a business audience from the UK, China and beyond, hoping to create opportunities for UK companies wanting to expand their markets.
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