Prince Naruhito impressed by Malaysia's diversity: Envoy


SEPANG: Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito who concluded his five-day official visit to Malaysia on Monday is amazed by the country’s diversity in culture, religion, race and food, says Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa.

Speaking to Bernama after the departure of the crown prince from the Bunga Raya Complex, Kuala Lumpur International Airport here today, he said Prince Naruhito also praised and appreciated the tolerance among Malaysians.

“The tolerance is exhibited in the skillful management of government, diplomacy and development of economy amongst the people,” he said when asked what Malaysia’s specialities were that impressed the crown prince.

Miyagawa said Prince Naruhito was determined to continue the cordial relations between Malaysia and Japan, adding that good relations between Malaysia and Japan would bring positive impact for east Asia and the south east Asia region.

Elaborating, he said Prince Naruhito was extremely happy with Malaysia’s hospitality throughout the visit.

“His Imperial Highness was extremely happy in visiting Malaysia for the first time. He was greeted very nicely by the prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) and (wife) Datin Seri (Rosmah Mansor).

“He (Prince Naruhito) was very sad at having to leave today...he told me this,” added Miyagawa.

While here, the crown prince had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V and attended an official dinner hosted by the king at Istana Negara on Sunday.

Prince Naruhito also attended an official luncheon hosted by Najib at Seri Perdana on Saturday.

The prince also visited the PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, National Museum, Smart Tunnel and the Japanese School Kuala Lumpur.

The visit is Prince Naruhito’s first to Malaysia since his investiture as Crown Prince of Japan in 1991.

His visit coincided with the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations.--Bernama