• Japanese emperor, empress to visit PH from January 26


    The imperial couple of Japan will make a five-day state visit to the Philippines on January 26 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties between Tokyo and Manila.

    On Tuesday, Malacañang released the schedule of Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko when they visit the Philippines this month.

    “The Philippines is pleased to welcome Their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, to a State Visit to the Philippines on 26 to 30 January 2016,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.

    Emperor Akihito and his wife will arrive in Manila on January 26.

    They will attend scheduled events in Manila on January 27-28.

    The two royals will then go to Caliraya and Los Baños, both in Laguna, on January 29.

    Yomiuri Shimbun earlier reported that the emperor and the empress will visit memorial sites of Filipino and Japanese veterans in Laguna.

    They will leave the country on January 30 to return to Japan.

    “Their Majesties’ State Visit is a major highlight and fitting start to the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations of the Philippines and Japan,” Coloma said.

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd visited Japan last year and was given Japan’s highest honor, the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum.

    He was given the opportunity to address the National Diet, Japan’s legislative body.


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