Japanese crown prince considering visit to Spain in June

Crown Prince Naruhito is considering making an official visit to Spain for around a week in mid-June to attend events to commemorate 400 years of bilateral relations, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.

Although Spain has invited the crown prince and Crown Princess Masako to visit the country, the crown princess will not accompany him as she is receiving treatment for a stress-induced illness, according to the agency.

The crown prince is considering attending a luncheon hosted by King Juan Carlos and a banquet hosted by Crown Prince Felipe in Madrid as well as a commemorative concert.

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of a mission dispatched by Japanese feudal lord Date Masamune in 1613, events will be held in the two countries between June this year and July next year.

The crown prince is slated to serve as Japan's honorary president for the anniversary, with Crown Prince Felipe serving as Spain's honorary president.