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Japan's Akihito to visit Philippine WWII cemetery

Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) reviews an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 27, 2016Japan’s Emperor Akihito will on Wednesday visit a cemetery for tens of thousands of Filipino World War II dead, as he uses a historic visit to the Philippines to promote his pacifist agenda. The soft-smiling Akihito, 82, and his wife, Empress Michiko, are on a five-day trip to the Philippines to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties, but also to honour those who died during Japan’s brutal occupation of the Philippines. “In the Philippines, many lives of Filipinos, Americans and Japanese were lost during the war,” Akihito said before arriving on Tuesday.

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