KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be rolling out the red carpet for Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito on his first official visit to the country.
Naruhito, 57, is expected to arrive here this evening for a five-day official visit marking the 60th anniversary of Malaysia-Japan diplomatic ties.
Among other activities, he is scheduled to have lunch with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and attend a state banquet hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.
The Crown Prince is scheduled to visit the National Monument at 9.30am tomorrow where he will present a floral tribute to fallen soldiers in a symbolically important ceremony.
At 11am, Naruhito will visit the Permata Pintar Negara Centre which runs a programme aimed at cultivating the innate intellectual and creative talents of nine to 15-year-olds.
Next on his itinerary is a visit to Universiti Malaya at 3.30pm where Naruhito will partake in a commemorative tree-planting ceremony and grant an audience to former and prospective students of Japan.
On Saturday, Naruhito is to visit the Japanese School Kuala Lumpur before attending a luncheon hosted by Najib.
At 3.50pm, he is slated to visit the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) Control Centre before granting an audience to Japan Overseas Cooperation volunteers and Japanese expatriates at 5.30pm.
On Sunday, Naruhito is scheduled to visit the National Museum at 9.45am before attending a contest at Japan Club Kuala Lumpur. He will next grant an audience to Japanese descendants in the country.
He will attend a state banquet hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at 8.30pm.
Naruhito is scheduled to leave Malaysia Monday morning.
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