Thursday October 4, 2012
King and queen feted at Japan’s Imperial Palace
TOKYO: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah has been accorded an official ceremonial welcome at the Imperial Palace here.
The King and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, were greeted on arrival by Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince and Princess Akishino here yesterday.
The royal couple had arrived here on Monday for a five-day state visit to Japan.
Members of the Imperial family, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his wife Hitomi Noda and members of the Cabinet were also introduced to the Malaysian royal couple.
During the ceremony, the national anthems of both countries Negaraku and Kimigayo were played by the Japanese Self Defence Forces brass band.
This was followed by a review of an honour guard comprising 132 personnel from the Japanese Ground Self Defence Forces.
As Tuanku Abdul Halim inspected the guard-of-honour, about 120 children from Gakushuin Elementary School waved the Jalur Gemilang and the Japanese national flag.
Following the ceremonial welcome, Tuanku Abdul Halim and Tuanku Hajah Haminah made a state call on Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, which took place at the Bamboo Room (Take-no-Ma) of the Imperial Palace.
A state banquet in honour of the Malaysian royal couple was held at the palace yesterday evening. - Bernama