Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko to visit Peru

By Rachel Chase

The royal couple will visit Peru to commemorate 140 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko to visit Peru

(Photo: Andina)

Peru had better start preparing a royal welcome for Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan, who are set to visit the country between January and February of 2014.

According to Andina news agency, the visit is meant to mark the 140th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Peru.

Prince Akishino is second in line to the imperial throne of Japan. His older brother, Crown Prince Naruhito, is first in line to succeed their father Emperor Akihito.

Crown Prince Naruhito’s only child is a daughter, and because Japan’s imperial succession laws do not permit for women to be crowned empress regnant, Akishino’s young son Prince Hisahito is third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Though Prince Akishino’s wife is known informally as Princess Kiko, her official title is Princess Akishino.

Andina reports that Peruvian president Ollanta Humala invited the royal couple to visit Peru while he was on a diplomatic tour of Japan and South Korea in 2012. Prince Akishino often acts as a diplomatic representative of the Japanese royal family at events and visits around the world.

The Prince and Princess will also visit Argentina while they are in South America. This will be their first visit to Peru.

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