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The Japan News/Yomiuri
The Japan News/Yomiuri
The Yomiuri Shimbun

Emperor visits Okinawa for 1st time since enthronement

The Emperor and Empress read one of the books of "Personal Testimonies of the Battle of Okinawa" at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum in Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture, on Saturday. (Credit: The Yomiuri Shimbun)

The Emperor and Empress visited Okinawa on Saturday for the first time since the Emperor's accession to the throne.

The Imperial couple will attend the opening ceremony of the National Cultural Festival and the National Art and Cultural Festival for Persons with Disabilities during their two-day trip.

The Emperor last visited Okinawa in July 2010 when he was crown prince and the Empress last visited in 1997 when she was crown princess.

This is the first time the Imperial couple has been on an overnight trip in Japan since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

On Saturday, the Emperor was scheduled to meet officials who were involved in the May ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the return of Okinawa to Japan.

On Sunday, he will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the festivals in Ginowan.

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