His Imperial Highness, Crown Prince Tsugunomiya Akihito of Japan, visited the Thames Water Authority sewage treatment works at Beckton in London on Wednesday(16 June).
CU: Japanese Crown Prince Akihito enters sewage works.
CU: Crown Prince looking at exhibits including salmon caught in River Thames (first in 150 years)
BV: Crown Prince and party walks past photographers
SV: Reflection in water of Crown Prince party walking past process tank.
MCU: Crown Prince and Thames Water Authority chairman Mr. Peter Black talking
SV: Party walks on bridge of process tank. ZOOM INTO MV: Crown Prince looking at water.
MV: Crown Prince party on bridge
MV: Crown Prince and officials on bridge
Britian's Queen Elizabeth met the Japanese royal couple during her visit to Japan in May last year. It is Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko's first visit to Britain for 23 years. During their current tour, the couple have already visited Jordan, Yugoslavia and Thailand.
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Background: His Imperial Highness, Crown Prince Tsugunomiya Akihito of Japan, visited the Thames Water Authority sewage treatment works at Beckton in London on Wednesday(16 June). This was the first official engagement of his visit to the United Kingdom. And was arranged because of his special interest in marine biology and the fight against pollution.
SYNOPSIS: The Japanese Crown Prince is on a private visit to Britain. He is a keen marine biologist and was anxious to learn about the success achieved by scientists in cleaning up the River Thames. The quality of the water discharged at Beckton has contributed greatly to the anti-pollution drive. With some 90 different species of fish confirmed, the Thames is regarded as the cleanest metropolitan estuary in the world. The Prince explained that he hopes to gain information that could go a long way to solving his own country's pollution problems.
The Crown Prince arrive in Britain with his wife, Princess Michiko, on Tuesday. Although this is a private visit, the royal couple will spend three days at Windsor Castle as guests of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The Princess did not accompany her husband to the sewage works. She had arranged to visit the grave of Thomas Gray, the 18th Century poet. The couple will together visit the London headquarters of the Red Cross and also a Welsh coalmine, during their 10 day stay.