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Their Majesties to visit Japan 2011
Their Majesties the King and Queen will be visiting Japan from 15-19 November 2011 on the invitation of the Japanese emperor.

During the state visit, the first by a Bhutanese monarch to Japan, His Majesty will reaffirm the goodwill and friendship of the Bhutanese people towards the people of Japan, and express solidarity with the victims of the earthquake of March 11, 2011.

While in Japan, His Majesty will meet the Emperor and the Japanese prime minister.

On November 17, His Majesty will address the National Diet, the Parliament of Japan. The Keio University will confer on His Majesty an honorary doctorate in economics, where His Majesty will deliver an acceptance lecture to the students and faculty.

The venerable Dorji Lopon Kinley and two monks of the zhung dratshang (central monk body) will conduct moenlam (special prayers) at a site destroyed by the earthquake in Fukushima, during the royal visit.

Information & communications minister, Nandalal Rai and labour minister, Dorji Wangdi, will accompany Their Majesties on the visit.

Our people share a special bond: His Majesty

The people of Bhutan and Japan share a special bond, His Majesty the King said at the state banquet hosted by the Emperor and Empress of Japan yesterday evening.

His Majesty said he has always believed that the Japanese and the Bhutanese people share something that is unexplainable yet deep and profound, something that transcends to the day-to-day interactions.

"I have always seen this in the way my people speak so affectionately of Japan without ever having been to Japan," His Majesty said. "And then I saw it in the outpouring of support for Japan in March, with people from all over Bhutan visiting temples and monasteries to pray for those affected by the earthquake and Tsunami."

His Majesty conveyed theprayers and good wishes of the fourth Druk Gyalpo to the Imperial family and acknowledged their pivotal roles in furthering the friendship between the two countries.

"Personally, I have to say that it is a special honour and happiness being here on the invitation of Their Majesties so soon after our wedding," His Majesty said. "It is to Their Majesties that Jetsun and I will always look for inspiration and guidance during the course of our life together, and as we serve our nation."

His Majesty raised a toast to the good health and happiness of Their Majesties and to the peace, progress and prosperity of the people of Japan.

Source: KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper, November 2011
Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the State Banquet 2011 HM's Speech at the State Banquet 2011


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