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Bhutan king, queen leave for home


Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema left Osaka for home on Sunday after a state visit to Japan.

During a busy six days, the royal couple met the empress and crown prince, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, visited Fukushima Prefecture to show their support for victims of the March 11 disaster, and offered prayers at shrines in Tokyo and Kyoto. The king also addressed the lower house of the Diet in Tokyo.

Everywhere they went, they received extensive TV coverage of their activities.

At the Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts and Crafts in Kyoto, the king used a wood hammer and chisel to carve part of right knee of a Buddha statue made of pine wood from Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, hit by the tsunami.

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What a breath of fresh air they were in Japan, blowing kisses to the crowds, holding hands while walking, smiling. I hope Japan learns a little from their example!

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I was just watching this on the news this morning. They look like a lovely couple, and I think they have made an impression on Japan in ways that were not predicted.

Everyone I saw interviewed on the TV news were saying they had waited for hours in the rain to get a look at the couple, and many were not saying it was because they were royalty but because they were a happy couple! That made me take a step back! Many were saying "I want to get married now straight away after seeing them" or "I want to be happy like them in my marriage"! Really got me thinking to be honest.

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Really nice couple, cool king and hot girl. Quite humble.

I'm glad they left, before the TV used them as the media monkeys of the month.

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I like the way Bhutan measures the standard of living by their GNH (gross national happiness) index rather than the usual GDP (gross domestic product) index.

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Sad to see them leave. They made quite an impression while they were in Japan. Their english was also amazing!

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I liked his majesty's long sideburns, he looked like an Asian Elvis. Kakko-ii!

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it amazes me the people's fascination with royals.They are no more special than any other people. Grow up people!

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Those 2 really brought a ray of sunshine with them to Japan. Have a happy life and come again.

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OK, come one, why so negative. As royality goes, these two are pretty cool. Certainly preferrable to the British running royal soap opera for example.

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@WilliB, Ha, yeah, where were the Bhutanese paparazzi all throughout this trip?

The Nepal royal family massacre, on the other hand, made the British royals look pretty good by comparison.

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why so negative.

Why so positive ? Reminder (from wikipedia, you'll get confirmation from all other sources except Bhutan royal propaganda services):

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the country expelled or forced to leave nearly one fifth of its population in the name of preserving its Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist culture and identity. Bhutanese of Nepali origin, mainly Hìndu, fled their homeland. According to the UNHCR, more than 107,000 Bhutanese refugees living in seven camps in eastern Nepal have been documented as of 2008.

In late 2003, the Bhutanese army successfully launched a large-scale operation to flush out Assom liberationist insurgents who were operating training camps in southern Bhutan.

That's probably not over. Nearly all the Bhutanese that live in Osaka have left to escape persecution. They must me delighted to see how people love the royals.

Certainly preferrable to the British running royal soap opera for example.

I have nothing to say against them, nor the Tenno, and that type of royalties. As kitsch and vain they are, they have no political power, their people are free to keep or dump them.

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The real story behind the Bhutanese refugee problem - substantiated by reliable evidence, data and literature. There's so much lies out there. Please read extensively before you believe anything.


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Back on topic please.

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Foxie I think you are wrong, but a bit right too. They are both a great example of superb human beings, but NOT ONLY for Japan, but for the ENTIRE WORLD! I do not remember Bill Clinton ever kissing, hugging his own wife like this in public, ever, show so much love and respect not only for his wife but for all living beings! May the Buddhas bless them them for all of eternity!

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