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H.S.H. the Prince meets with Mr Shinzo ABE, Prime Minister of Japan

On Friday 25 October in the morning, H.S.H. Prince Albert II visited the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo where He was greeted by the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Shinzo ABE.

Mr ABE said he was honoured by this further meeting after that of April 2007 when he was Prime Minister for the first time. He expressed all his gratitude for the message of condolences and solidarity received a few days after Typhoon Hagibis.

The Prime Minister spoke of the excellent cultural relations that unite Japan and Monaco woven between the two Sovereign Families and strengthened since the establishment of diplomatic relations in December 2006.

The Prince congratulated Mr ABE on the organisation of the Enthronement Ceremonies of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. He thanked him for the warm welcome given both to the Monegasque delegation and to Himself.

The Sovereign Prince talked about how the cultural ties are currently on-going with two exhibitions in Tokyo: "Cartier, crystallisation of time" at the National Art Centre and the Van Gogh exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum for which the Prince's Palace lent pieces of jewellery and paintings by impressionist artists.

Prince Albert then praised the initiative taken by Japan at the G20 summit in Osaka last June aimed at protecting the oceans by reducing the additional pollution caused by plastic waste at sea by 2050 to zero. He would like to see the development of collaborations on this subject of common interest.

On the sporting front, Prince Albert II welcomed the enthusiasm of both media and the people for the Rugby World Cup that was taking place in Japan, during which the national team was a shining example with its tenacity and courage.
Prime Minister ABE spoke about the organisation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the next international event for Japan. The Sovereign Prince stated that, as Chairman of the Sustainability and Heritage Commission, He participates in the IOC Coordination Commission, which collaborates with the Japanese teams.

The Prime Minister concluded by thanking Prince Albert II for His best wishes for the success of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the Osaka-Kansai World Expo 2025, inviting Him to return to Japan on these occasions.


H.S.H. the Prince meets with Mr Shinzo ABE, Prime Minister of Japan