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President Rodrigo Duterte Won’t Meet Japanese Emperor Naruhito During Four-Day Working Visit

PRESIDENT DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won’t be able to meet the Japanese Emperor Naruhito during his four-day working visit.

Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates his throne on April 30 and passed it down to his son Naruhito.

The 59-year-old emperor is the 126th monarch of Japan. His reign bears the name of “Reiwa Era.”

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Photo Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Emperor Naruhito and his sister Crown Princess Masako had foreign studies and cultural immersion. They will probably give Japan a new international influence.

Based on a report from Inquirer, the President of the United States Donald Trump meet with Japanese Emperor Naruhito during his 4-day state visit in Japan.

However, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was not able to meet the newly-hailed emperor.

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Photo source: CNN Philippines

According to the report, Duterte did not meet Emperor Naruhito because of some protocol restrictions.

Philippine Ambassador to Japan, Jose Laurel V confirmed the news during a press briefing on Tuesday, May 28.

No one will see him — not even any one of the five that were invited to speak at Nikkei because Nikkei is a private affair,” said Laurel.

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Photo Source: BBC

The ambassador explained why President Duterte won’t be able to meet the Japanese Emperor.

“There is no chance because if you allow Duterte, you also have to allow Mahathir [Mohammad]. If you allow Mahathir, you also have to allow the leaders of Laos and Cambodia.”

“You see the Japanese are very protocolar. They are very traditional. They actually choose who visits them,” he added.

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Photo Source: ABS-CBN News

Based on the report, Rodrigo Duterte is among the Asian leaders who will give a keynote speech for the Nikke’s 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia this coming May 30-31.

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