On September 26, 2013, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan attended a special ceremony at the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the International Youth Development Exchange Program.

Created in 1994 the program is “…designed to give Japanese aged 18 to 30 the chance to visit countries around the world, and to invite foreign youths to Japan…” according to NHK.

After the ceremony the crown prince and crown princess attended a reception where they met with participants of the program which included “…240 foreign youths who have just arrived in Japan.”