The imperial couple of Japan will make a state visit to the Philippines in early 2016, Malacanang said on Tuesday.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be visiting the Philippines upon the invitation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“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,” Coloma said in a statement.
“It will be the first time a reigning Emperor of Japan will be visiting the Philippines,” he added.
Coloma said the visit “returns the warm welcome Their Majesties extended to the President when he visited Tokyo earlier this year.”
The Emperor and Empress received Aquino and hosted a banquet in his honor when he went on a state visit to Japan in June.