Singapore's link to Akihito took root in Japanese Garden

Left: Japan's then Crown Prince Akihito (second from left) and Crown Princess Michiko planting a tree at the Japanese Garden in 1970. Right: The two king sago palm trees that were planted by the couple standing tall today.
Above: Japan's then Crown Prince Akihito (second from left) and Crown Princess Michiko planting a tree at the Japanese Garden in 1970. ST FILE PHOTOS
Left: Japan's then Crown Prince Akihito (second from left) and Crown Princess Michiko planting a tree at the Japanese Garden in 1970. Right: The two king sago palm trees that were planted by the couple standing tall today.
The two king sago palm trees that were planted by the couple standing tall today.ST FILE PHOTOS

Japan's Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate on Tuesday after three decades on the throne, has an imperial connection with Singapore that began nearly 50 years ago.

Back when he was the Crown Prince, he and his wife, then Crown Princess Michiko, went to the Japanese Garden in Jurong during a visit to Singapore in 1970.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 28, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore's link to Akihito took root in Japanese Garden'. Subscribe