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Japan's crown prince opens France trip with children, museum

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito walks down the steps from airplane at Lyon's airport in Colombier-Saugnieu, central France, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito is for a nine-day goodwill visit in France. (Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/Pool Photo via AP)
September 08, 2018 - 1:28 PM

LYON, France - Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, has met with Japanese schoolchildren and toured a world-renowned textile museum during a nine-day goodwill visit to France.

The crown prince spent the first full day of his trip in Lyon, a city in southeastern France known as the capital of the Gauls in ancient Roman times.

Naruhito appeared delighted as he walked through the Musee des Tissus, the museum with a 2.5 million-piece collection spanning 4,500 years of textile production.

He arrived Friday and was greeted by Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, who was Lyon's mayor for 16 years. He plans to have a private tour of a Burgundy winery on Sunday.

The crown prince's itinerary eventually brings him to Paris, often the starting point of visiting foreign dignitaries.

News from © The Associated Press, 2018
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