Mr. and Mrs. Akishino appeared at a press conference before their visit to Vietnam from September 9 and expressed their thoughts on this goodwill visit.

Mr. and Mrs. Akishino will make an official visit to Viet Nam for six days from September 9, marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Prior to this, the couple attended a press conference on the 6th.

Mr. Akishino said, "I have heard that various events are being held in both Vietnam and Japan as it is the 50th anniversary of the close relations between our two countries.

Ms. Noriko also said, "I am very pleased to be able to visit with Mr. Miya on this important milestone year, and I would like to make every effort to promote goodwill between our two countries."

Furthermore, when asked what he expects from his second daughter Yoshiko and eldest son Yuhito as leaders of international goodwill, Ms. Akishino said, "I think that the back-and-forth between the two will deepen mutual understanding, and I hope that they will do that." I think it is important to take on that role."