THE KING AND QUEEN OF BHUTAN ON AN OFFICIAL SIX DAY STATE VISIT TO JAPAN – DAY TWO

Day two of the state visit of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jestun Pema, to Japan took them to Keio University in Tokyo where the King was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics.  While at the prestigious university, the King called for unity in efforts to combat poverty.  The King and Queen of Bhutan visited the Japanese Diet or Parliament where King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck spoke of strengthening relations with Japan as well as supporting Tokyo’s bid to become a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.  In a speech delivered in English, the king said that the Japanese people have handled the worst-ever crisis of the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, with serene dignity, confidence, discipline and strong minds.   He added that if there is one nation that can rise stronger and greater from such adversity, it is Japan.  King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck oncluded his speech in Bhutanese by praying for Japan’s well-being and received a standing ovation from the parliamentarians.  The royal couple also visited Tokyo’s Kodokan judo gymnasium, the Meiji shrine and at the New Otani Hotel, the King and Queen attended a Japan-Bhutan friendship reception.

Queen Jetsun Pema sits demurely during a reception at the New Otani Hotel, November 17, 2011 (photo: Jun Sato/Wire Image)

At the New Otani Hotel for the Japan-Bhutan friendship reception, November 17, 2011 (photo: Jun Sato/Wire Image)

A royal toast to Japan-Bhutan friendship, Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2011 (photo: Jun Sato/Wire Image)

The royal newlyweds at the New Otani Hotel on day two of their six day official state visit to Japan, November 17, 2011 (photo: Jun Sato/Wire Image)

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema pose for photographers during a visit to the Meiji shrine in Tokyo (photo: Toshifumi Kiamura/AFPGetty Images)

The King and Queen of Bhutan are surrounded by young judo players at Tokyo's Kodokan judo gymnasium on day two of the royal couple's six day state visit to Japan, November 17, 2011 (photo: Getty Images)

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan and Queen Jestun Pema visit the Meiji shrine in Tokyo, November 17, 2011 (photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

The King and Queen of Bhutan at Keio University in Tokyo where the Oxford University educated King received an honorary doctorate in Economics, November 17, 2011 (photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Jetsun Pema at Keio University, Tokyo, November 17, 2011 (photo: Jun Sato/Wire Image)

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