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Emperor Akihito and wife kicks off landmark visit to Vietnam

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hanoi: Japan’s emperor arrived in Vietnam for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II.

The emperor and empress were received by Vice-President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and guards of honour at the Hanoi airport yesterday, where national flags were displayed.

The 83-year-old Akihito and his wife Michiko are on their first visit to the country, the latest in a series of trips to former battlegrounds.

The pair will fly to Thailand on Sunday to pay respects to King Vajiralongkorn.

Source by: Internet

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