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Crown prince visits flood control tunnel in Malaysia

Jiji Press KUALA LUMPUR (Jiji Press) — Crown Prince Naruhito, on an official visit to Malaysia, inspected a flood control tunnel in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Built underneath a highway, the 9.7-kilometer-long Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART Tunnel) has three layers — the two upper layers for motorways and the lowest layer for draining floodwater.

In times of heavy rain, the motorways are closed to all traffic to let stormwater from a nearby river pass through all three layers. The tunnel is also aimed at easing traffic congestion.

In a speech at a special U.N. meeting in 2015, Crown Prince Naruhito, who studies issues related to water, mentioned the SMART Tunnel.

Crown Prince Naruhito also had lunch with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday.

At a meeting ahead of the lunch, Najib noted that this is the Japanese Crown Prince’s first visit to Malaysia. In response, Crown Prince Naruhito said that he is happy to pay a visit this time.

The Crown Prince also visited a Japanese school in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, where some 80 junior high school students sang for him.Speech

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