June 28, 2017
Prince and Princess Akishinonomiya, and their eldest daughter Princess Mako met with the national team who will represent Japan at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics, at the Akasaka East House near Akishinonomiya's residence in Tokyo on June 28. Princess Mako and her mother Prince Kiko encouraged the team, saying "Do your best" in sign language.
Another send-off party for the Japanese team was held at the House of Councilors Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. It was for the first time to hold such an event for the national team representing at Deaflympics.
The party were attended by the Olympic and Paralympics Minister and the Sport Agency Chief. Both encouraged the team and hoped for their doing best. The Turkish ambassador to Japan told a greeting, too.
At the Deaflympics scheduled for July 18-30 in Samsun, Turkey, 108 athletes in total will compete in 11 sport items including truck and fields, badminton and others.