Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Jul 6, 2015

Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Despite health concerns, Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joined Crown Prince Naruhito for a hastily arranged meeting with Japanese residents of Tonga on Sunday. The Crown Princess, who has been diagnosed with a stress-induced adjustment disorder, wasn’t initially scheduled to join the meeting at the ...

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Jul 4, 2015

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the coronation of Tonga’s new king on Saturday. The coronation service for King Tupou VI was held at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in the capital, Nuku’alofa. The Japanese couple attended a luncheon hosted at the ...

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Jun 28, 2015

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Tonga on Saturday began a week of celebrations to mark the upcoming coronation of King Tupou VI, the Pacific nation’s monarch, with an ancient ceremony involving the mildly narcotic drink kava. The build-up to this coming Saturday’s coronation started near the Royal Palace in ...

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

Jun 24, 2014

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

It is almost 10 a.m., but the barista at this tiny Pacific kingdom’s domestic air terminal has yet to make a single cup of coffee. Molly Fatai says her wages at the cafe have been cut by a third since last year. Flights leaving ...

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

Jul 23, 2013

Tongan rugby retiree forged unique bonds

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Japan and Tonga have developed a bond based on an unusual combination — the abacus and rugby. Sinali Latu, 47, is the product of that unique relationship, which began with the visit in 1976 of a top Japanese abacus teacher to Tonga, whose national ...