Prince William will arrive in Japan on Thursday for a four-day visit to promote British interests.
The second in line to the throne, formally known as the Duke of Cambridge, William, 32, will not be accompanied by his wife Kate, who is due to give birth to their second child in April.
William's trip will start with diplomatic, commercial and cultural engagements in Tokyo and Yokohama on Thursday and Friday. Tokyo Gov Yoichi Masuzoe will take him on a tour of venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. On Saturday and Sunday, William will head to the disaster-hit Tohoku region. He will visit Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture, as well as Ishinomaki and Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture.
After Japan, the prince heads to China where he will officially open a "Festival of Creativity" on March 2 in Shanghai, held as part of Britain's "GREAT" campaign to boost British business.
In both countries, William will also attend engagements in support of his work to combat the illegal wildlife trade and support wildlife conservation.
The prince has a keen personal interest in the subject and since 2005 has been a patron of the Tusk Trust, an organization involved in conservation and environmental projects across Africa.
China is among more than a dozen countries identified by CITES, the international regulatory body for trade in wildlife, as not doing enough to curb trafficking.© Japan Today/AFP