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The Crown Prince on Monday visited a secondary school in London to inspect a class on Japan and was briefed about the school’s Internet exchanges with Japanese students.

The Crown Prince, who is on a weeklong visit to attend the opening events for a yearlong festival to exhibit Japanese culture and lifestyle in Britain, observed the class on Japanese affairs and language at Hendon School in north London.

About 1,200 students aged 12 to 18 are studying at the school, where teachers who have taught English at Japanese junior high and high schools teach the students about Japan.

Following the school visit, the Crown Prince attended a reception in London organized by four groups to promote ties between Japan and Britain.

In a speech delivered at the reception, he said the goodwill expressed at the event strengthened his expectations that bilateral cooperation will continue to develop.

After the reception, the Crown Prince was scheduled to visit the British Museum, where an exhibition of prints featuring 100 views of Mount Fuji is being held.

The Crown Prince, who is honorary president of the “Japan 2001” festival, arrived in London on Friday.

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