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After 5-day visit, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko leave for Japan

/ 12:33 PM January 30, 2016

Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko departed for Japan on Saturday, ending their 5-day state visit in the country.

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The Boeing 747-400 jetliner carrying them and other members of the Japanese delegation took off from the Balagbag Ramp at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at 12:17 noon.

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Leading the simple send-off ceremonies were President Benigno Aquino III and presidential sister Pinky Abellada. Also present were Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, among others. CDG

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to bid farewell to the crowd prior to boarding their plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay to conclude their five-day state visit to the Philippines Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The royal couple paid respects at memorials for both the Philippine and the Japanese war dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to bid farewell to the crowd prior to boarding their plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay to conclude their five-day state visit to the Philippines Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. The royal couple paid respects at memorials for both the Philippine and the Japanese war dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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