Historic first: Emperor and empress of Japan to visit the Philippines

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For the first time in history, the Emperor and Empress of Japan will visit the Philippines in early 2016.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have accepted the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III.

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The rare historical meeting was confirmed by Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma yesterday.

“We are pleased to announce that the Philippines has started necessary coordination with Japan for a visit of Their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, to the Philippines, possibly in early 2016. This visit responds to President Aquino’s invitation,” Mr Coloma said.

“It will be the first time a reigning Emperor of Japan will be visiting the Philippines, and returns the warm welcome Their Majesties extended to the president when he visited Tokyo earlier this year,” he added.

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President Aquino made a state visit to Japan from June 2 to June 5, 2015. During this visit, the President paid a call on the Emperor and Empress of Japan who hosted a state banquet for him.

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