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H.S.H. Prince Albert II's official visit to Japan

H.S.H. Prince Albert II will undertake an official visit to Japan from 27 October to 1 November 2010. He will be accompanied by Ms Charlene Wittstock.

On the occasion of the Conference on Biodiversity*, the Prince will visit Nagoya on Wednesday 27 October. On his arrival, he will attend a dinner at the invitation of Japan's Minister for the Environment, Minister Ryu Matsumoto.

On Thursday 28 October, His Serene Highness will participate in various working sessions at the summit. At around 3.30pm, he will make a speech, and then at 6pm will attend the press screening of a film on protected marine areas made by his Foundation.

The following morning, Prince Albert will attend the Conference again, before proceeding to Tokyo.

In the evening, he will attend a Gala Dinner organised by Birdlife International in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado. Other guests include Mr Marco Lambertini, President of Birdlife International, and Mrs Cristi Nozawa, Regional Director of Birdlife International for Asia.

On Saturday 30 October, the Prince will visit NIHON DAIGAKU UNIVERSITY, the sumo wrestler training centre. He will be accompanied by: Mr Tanaka, Chairman of the Board of Nihon University and President of the International Sumo Federation; Mr Daikuhara, General Manager of Nihon University; and Mr Kizaki, Head Trainer of the sumo wrestlers. He will then go on to the head office of the company Mitsubishi Motors**.

Finally, the Sovereign Prince will join His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi for a tea ceremony at the Imperial Residence.

On Monday 1 November, His Serene Highness the Prince and Ms Charlene Wittstock will lunch with their Imperial Highnesses the Emperor and the Empress at the Imperial Palace.

*The three key points to be debated in Nagoya are: fixing objectives for limiting the loss of species between now and 2020; the level of financial aid for Southern countries; and putting in place a legal framework for equitably sharing out the profits generated by exploiting genetic resources located to a very large extent in developing countries.
**On 25 November 2009, Mitsubishi and the Principality of Monaco signed a Memorandum of Understanding pertaining to trialling I MiEV electric vehicles. The Prince Albert II Foundation, the Post Office, SMEG and Monaco Parking were the first to test them.

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