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Duterte Invites Japan’s New Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako to Visit the Philippines

DUTERTE – President Duterte invited Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako to visit Malacañang.

A few days after the 2019 mid-term elections, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte went to Japan to attend the Nikkei’s 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia.

During his 4-day visit in the country, the president, his wife Honeylet Avanceña, and Senator-elect Bong Go went shopping.

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Photo Source: @PhilippineSTAR FB

Rodrigo Duterte and his wife bought clothes and watch for their daughter Kitty Duterte.

In a previous article, the Filipino president didn’t get to meet the newly hailed Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

Philippine Ambassador to Japan, Jose Laurel V explained that it is due to some protocol restrictions.

“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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Based on a report from Philstar, President Duterte invited the new Imperial couple to visit the Philippines.

On Monday, the Filipino president wishes to have Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako to visit the Philippines.

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Photo Source: The Japan Times

According to the report, President Duterte expressed his invitation during his meeting with the Japanese.

“I take this opportunity (to relay) the Filipino people’s best wishes to Emperor Naruhito on his ascension to the throne and it will be a great honor to receive Their Majesties Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in the Philippines in the near future,” said Duterte.

Based on the report, the president believed that the Imperial Couple’s visit to the Philippines would improve the friendship of his country and Japan.

I look forward to personally conveying the felicitations of the Filipino people to the emperor,” he said.

On May, Naruhito ascended to the throne after his 85-year-old father Akihito abdicated the Chrysanthemum throne.

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