Monthly Archives: January 2016

France Visit of Hitachi Couple

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On 31st January, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi departed Tokyo International Airport for French Republic to attend the award ceremony of Grand Prize of the Paris Charter against Cancer.
HIH Prince Masahito is awarded the prize for his research on cancer for over 40 years.

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Tableware Festival

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On 31st January, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of  Tableware Festival 2016 took place at Tokyo Dome.

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This Week’s Extras

On 25th January, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the annual general meeting of Japan Asia Society took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Asia Society.

On 26th January, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the New Year’s Party of Maison Franco-Japonaise took place in Tokyo.
HIH Prince Masahito is the President of Maison Franco-Japonaise.

On 26th January, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the New Year’s Party of Ikebana International took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Ikebana International.

From 28th January to 29th January, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino visited Aichi Prefecture to attend the 60th Study Group of Aquarium Technicians.

On 29th January, HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi visited Ishikawa Prefecture to attend the 66th Chubu Japan Ski Championships Prince Hitachi Cup.

On 30th January, the members of Imperial Family attended the annual memorial service for Emperor Komei (1831-1867) took place at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.
On that day, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa visited the Mausoleum of Emperor Komei in Kyoto Prefecture.

On 31st January, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Mako attended the National School Garden Biotope Contest 2015 the took place in Tokyo.

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Imperial Visit to Philippines Vol.6

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On 30th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko left Philippines and came back to Japan. The members of Imperial Family welcomed Their Majesties at Tokyo International Airport.

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Imperial Visit to Philippines Vol.5

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On 29th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited the cenotaph for the Japanese war dead in Caliraya.
About 520,000 Japanese solidiers lost their lives in Phillipines during World War II.

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Their Majesties met with the bereaved family and ex-soldiers.

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Attestation Ceremony

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On 28th January, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the attestation ceremony of Nobuteru Ishihara, the New Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy took place at Imperial Palace.

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Imperial Visit to Philippines Vol.4

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On 28th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden and met with the Philipino who had visited Japan before.

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On that day, Their Majesties also met with the Philipino of Japanese ancestry.

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Imperial Visit to Philippines Vol.3

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On 27th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the welcoming ceremony took place at Malacanang Palace in Manila.

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On that day, Their Majesties visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Their Majesties’ desire.

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At the evening, Their Majesties attended the banquet held by HE Mr. Benigno S. AquinoIII, President of the Republic of the Philippines.

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Imperial Visit to Philippines Vol.2

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On 26th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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Their Majesties were welcomed by HE Mr. Benigno S. AquinoIII, President of the Republic of the Philippines at the airport.

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On that day, Their Majesties met with the members of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.

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Their Majesties enjoyed the sunset at Manila Bay.

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Imperial Visit to Philippines Vol.1

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On 26th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko departed for Republic of the Philippines. Their Majesties will be back on 30th January.

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The members of Imperial Family gathered at Tokyo International Airport to give Their Majesties a send-off.

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Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the Time of Their Majesties’ Departure for the Republic of the Philippines (January 26, 2016)

Text from Imperial Household Agency

I will be visiting the Philippines together with the Empress at the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In 1962 we visited the Philippines as a representative of Emperor Showa to reciprocate the State Visit to Japan by His Excellency President Carlos P. Garcia. Today, after 54 years, we feel happy and moved to think that once again we have the opportunity to visit the Philippines on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

During World War II, countless Filipino, American, and Japanese lives were lost in the Philippines. A great many innocent Filipino civilians became casualties of the fierce battles fought in the city of Manila. This history will always be in our hearts as we make this visit to the Philippines.

Towards the end of our trip, we will visit Caliraya on the eastern part of the island of Luzon, and pay our respects at the monument dedicated to the souls of the Japanese war dead in many parts of the Philippines.

It is our sincere hope that this visit to the Philippines will contribute to the further development of mutual understanding and friendly relations between our two countries.

Lastly, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Prime Minister and the many people who worked so hard to make this visit possible.

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