Imperial family cancels summer retreat
NHK -- Aug 18
Japan's imperial family has decided to forgo their summer retreat outside Tokyo due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and their daughter Princess Aiko spend several days every summer at the Suzaki Imperial Villa in Shizuoka Prefecture, or the Nasu Imperial Villa in Tochigi Prefecture.

The Imperial Household Agency says the family decided to abstain from their summer retreat to avoid having people crowd along their travel route.

Last year, about 450 people gathered at Nasushiobara Station to welcome the family to Nasu Town.

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko also canceled their summer trip to Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, and elsewhere.

天皇ご一家が新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大を受け、夏の静養を見合わせられると宮内庁が明らかにしました。  天皇ご一家は毎年夏に栃木県の那須御用邸や静岡県の須崎御用邸で静養されています。しかし、今年は新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大が続いているため、夏の静養を見合わせられるということです。側近などによりますと、沿道に多くの人が集まったり、宮内庁の職員や警備の警察官が移動したりすることを避けるためだということです。また、上皇ご夫妻も毎年夏に長野県の軽井沢などで静養されていますが、今年は見合わせるということです。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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