Prince Charles is traveling to Japan to attend the solemn “Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi” ceremony, which will officially induct Japanese Emperor Naruhito. The Prince of Wales is due to represent Queen Elizabeth II in the country and is carrying out the official state visit at the request of the British government. The two-day visit doesn’t just focus on celebrations surrounding Emperor Naruhito, who received his title in May after his father Akihito resigned.
But it also marks an opportunity for the UK to strengthen ties with Japan, especially in the wake of recent tensions between the governments of countries over Brexit and the possibility of a no-deal, strongly opposed by the UK. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
And Prince Charles could play the important role of mediator and go a long way in “smoothing out the relationship,” according to Peter Kim, professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Mr Kim told Express.co.uk: “A great principle in negotiations and conflict resolution is to differentiate people from the problem.
“So Prince Charles, by just being there despite Brexit and the tensions it carries between Japan and the UK, he’s making it clear that while the parties may fundamentally disagree on Brexit, he and the UK are interested in maintaining a relationship with Japan. “
Mr Kim said the Prince of Wales, who by the nature of his royal role must be politically neutral, can be an excellent mediator between the two countries, conveying the Japanese and British perspectives.
He said: “Even though Prince Charles is part of the UK, he can play this role of mediator because he is a little more neutral than politicians.
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“A study suggests that the role of mediators can be very effective, even if they do not have the legal authority to impose a legal decision or affect the outcome.
“What he can do in this role is gather information from each side, understand each side’s point of view and help facilitate dialogue between the two sides, even if they are unwilling to s. ‘engage with each other.
“Evidence from a report titled” The Effectiveness of Mediation “suggests mediators were able to resolve 78 percent of 499 deadlocked cases because they could help each side better understand the other’s point of view part. ”
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Mr. Kim referred to the research report “The Effectiveness of Mediation” by Brett, Barsness and Goldberg published in 1996.
Mr Kim also said Prince Charles’ royal statute may give Tokyo a different perspective than British MPs.
He said, “When you think of the relationship in two countries, or between any group, it is very easy to see the members of the other group in one-sided terms, united in one belief.
“So when the parties don’t agree on something, it’s very easy to oversimplify or overstate the position on the other side.
“But by having Prince Charles in the mix, Japan suddenly sees a diversity of perspectives, it makes the differences on the British side more salient.
“This can be helpful because if you think the outside group is very similar and united against you, you will also start to behave as extreme as you see the other.
“But if you see this outside group as more diverse, it’s hard to have that same kind of dislike and dislike, you see a mix rather than everyone having the same ideas.”
Prince Charles is visiting Japan for the first time in 11 years.
The Prince of Wales has represented the Queen in this country a total of five times.
This is not the first enthronement ceremony Prince Charles witnesses in Japan, having attended the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito’s father, Emperor Akihito, on November 12, 1990 with Princess Diana.