Emperor, empress to visit to Okinawa in late March
Jiji -- Jan 13
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Okinawa Prefecture in late March, it was learned Friday.

As part of the tour, the Emperor and the Empress are expected to make their first-ever visit to the island of Yonaguni, the country's westernmost point, Okinawa prefectural government officials said.

The upcoming visit to the southernmost Japan prefecture will be the couple's sixth since the Emperor's accession to the throne in 1989.

This is expected to be their final Okinawa visit as the Emperor and the Empress. Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate in April 2019. They have visited Okinawa 10 times, including trips they made when Emperor Akihito was Crown Prince.

During their last visit to Okinawa, in June 2014, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid tribute to more than 1,400 victims of a U.S. torpedo attack on a student evacuation ship during World War II. The August 1944 attack came shortly after the ship left Okinawa for Nagasaki, southwestern Japan.

News source: Jiji
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