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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 11, 2013
Sending an emphatic message reflective of intimate bilateral ties, the emperor and empress of Japan will be visiting India from November 30 to December 5.
This is the first visit to India by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “I am convinced that, through the visit, existing intimate relations of friendship and goodwill with India will be further strengthened, for which I would like to share my immense pleasure with the people of Japan,” in a statement on Tuesday.

Abe added that the bilateral relationship has been further expanded to wide-ranging areas in recent years.

The emperor and empress will arrive in New Delhi in November and will spend the next three days in the capital. They will leave for Chennai on December 4 and will leave for Tokyo the next day.