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    Japan's crown prince wraps up 1st visit to Malaysia


    KUALA LUMPUR - Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito completed all scheduled events Sunday during his first visit to Malaysia, attending a Japanese-language speech contest among Malaysian high school students.

    "I am pleased to meet with people who are willing to serve as a bridge for exchanges between Japan and Malaysia," he told reporters as he reflected on his visit.

    "While we face a great deal of difficulties in international affairs, I felt that Malaysia's tolerance can serve as a reference," he added, without offering specifics.

    After speaking with some of the contestants, the crown prince met with Sultan Muhammad V at the palace.

    The crown prince also laid a wreath at the National Monument built in memory of soldiers who died in Malaysia's independence struggle between 1948 and 1960.

    The visit to the Southeast Asian country was aimed at commemorating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties between Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.

    The crown prince is due to return to Japan on Monday.





    Source: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170417/p2g/00m/0dm/008000c
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