| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
The President begins his first day in Japan with a a special
call on the Emperor and Empress, who have invited the President for a courtesy
visit at their Private residence on the palace grounds. The current site of the
Imperial Palace was the seat of power of the Tokugawa Shoguns who ruled Japan
for more than 250 years starting from the early 17th century. Following the
Meiji Restoration of 1868, the Imperial Family was transferred from its
long-time home in Kyoto to the current Imperial Palace site. The current Palace
building, as well as the actual Private Residence used on a day-to-day basis by
the Emperor and Empress, were built after World War II. The Palace grounds are
extensive, with numerous outer and inner gardens.
The President will then participate in a televised town hall
meeting with the people of Japan in Tokyo. The show will be broadcast during a
popular time slot Thursday evening. The President will open with brief remarks,
followed by questions from the audience. Interpretation will be simultaneous.
The day concludes with a dinner in President Clinton's honor at Akasaka Palace.