The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in Tokyo, beginning his official royal visit to the Far East. The prince’s primary purpose is to promote the UK’s good relationship with both countries.
In Japan, William will meet with people whose lives were affected by the 2011 tsunami and the subsequent destruction of the Fukushima power plant.
On Friday, the Duke will meet with Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko.
On his visit to China, the Duke will hopefully smooth royal relations between his country and the Chinese government. This high-profile tour by William is viewed as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations with Beijing after his father, Prince Charles, unwittingly created controversy about the 1997 Hong Kong handover.
The Prince of Wales wrote his thoughts on the matter in a diary, which was supposed to remain private. Charles referred to the event as ” The great Chinese takeaway” and that Chinese officials were “appalling old waxworks”. The diary found its way into the media, putting a strain on the relationship between London and Beijing.
Maybe that’s why Charles is so outspoken. He figures people will find a way to release his private thoughts into the mainstream no matter what, so he’s taking a “to hell with it, then” approach and just says what he feels.
I wish William all the best on his tour. I’m looking forward to when the Duchess of Cambridge will make her first solo overseas tour. Her first was set to be Malta, but William took over when it was announced that Kate was pregnant again and hyperemesis gravidarum had returned.
Good luck, William! Don’t write anything down.