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Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary On Their Majesties' Visit to Saipan
June 29, 2005
Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan made a visit to Saipan, from June 27th to 28th, to mourn and pay tribute to those who died in the war and pray for world peace in this 60th year after the end of the war. Their Majesties have returned to Japan safe and sound.
In Saipan, Their Majesties, remembering the war dead and praying for peace, laid wreaths to the memorial monument erected by the Government of Japan, and to the monuments of war dead erected by the Governments of the United States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Their Majesties also paid tribute to the memorial monument for people from Okinawa and the memorial monument for Koreans. Prior to these visits, Their Majesties met with the representatives of war-bereaved associations and veterans associations. It proved to be a truly significant visit.
I would like to express sincere appreciation of the Government of Japan to the Governments of the United States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which have extended cooperation in various ways for this visit and also to the people of Saipan who warmly welcomed Their Majesties.