IN PHOTOS: Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko meet with Japanese in PH

IN PHOTOS: Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko meet with Japanese in PH
The Imperial couple spent their 3rd day in the Philippines meeting some Japanese residents and organizations in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Japan Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko spent the 3rd of their 5-day state visit to the Philippines meeting Japanese residents and organizations in Manila on Thursday, January 28. 

On Wednesday, January 27, President Benigno Aquino III welcomed the royal couple in Malacañang Place and hosted a state dinner for them. Their visit came at a time when the two nations are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, earlier marred by the Japanese occupation after the Second World War. (READ: Emperor Akihito: Japan ‘must never forget’ Filipino deaths of WWII)

The royal couple visited Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig to pay respects to the thousands of soldiers killed during the World War II. 

The two arrived in the country on Tuesday, January 26, and are set to leave on Saturday, January 30.

Here are the photos of the Imperial couple on Thursday:

Meeting with former students and trainees (Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni PHILFEJA) at the ancient San Diego Garden in Intramuros

Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

 

 

Meeting with some third-generation Filipino-Japanese descendants at Sofitel Philippine Plaza hotel lobby. They were attending the 9th National Convention of the Filipino-Japanese Descendants earlier Thursday.

Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau  Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

 

A visit to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) language training center in Taguig for the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA)

Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Dinner reception hosted by the Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines and his spouse at Forbes Park. President Aquino was the guest of honor and was accompanied by his sister Pinky Aquino Abellada.

President Benigno S. Aquino III holds a private talk with His Majesty Emperor Akihito of japan during the reception ceremony at the Japan Ambassador to the Philippines residence in Makati Thursday evening, January 28, 2016. On the other side, Pinky Abellada, the president's sister also holds a talk with Her Majesty The Empress. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

The President, together with Emperor and Empress Akihito and Pinky Abellada, the president's sister, proposed a toast at the start of the reception party. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

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