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Imperial couple meets IOC head

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The Imperial couple meet with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, right, at the Imperial Palace on Friday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Emperor and Empress met with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, followed by International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven, at the Imperial Palace on Friday.

It was the first time that the Imperial couple has met the heads of both committees.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, the Emperor expressed to Bach his “wishes for the success of the Tokyo Olympics.”

Bach told the Imperial couple that the messages the IOC aims to spread during the Tokyo Games are one of peace and one of solidarity for areas afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake. According to the agency, the Emperor replied to Bach by saying, “I thank you for your consideration for the quake-affected areas.” Speech

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