Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge, is greeted by Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito upon his arrival at the Togu Palace in Tokyo February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool
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Britain's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito.On Friday, William laid a wreath at a cemetery in Yokohama, near Tokyo, where British, Australian, Indian and other Commonwealth servicemen are buried who died in Japan as prisoners of war or with the occupying forces after the war.William is scheduled to visit northeastern Japan, devastated by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, which left tens of thousands of people homeless and killed nearly 19,000 people.Robert Dujarric, a professor at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies of Temple University in Tokyo, believes the princes' differing status stems from the contrasting historical backgrounds, as well as the more powerful and independent political role the British monarchy plays today, compared to Japan's.The interaction among William and the popular Kate with the public contrasts sharply with Japanese royal family, whose activities are governed by the Imperial Household Agency.No wonder William is, for Japanese, a prince closer to the people than their own.
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