Japan’s emperor visiting the Philippines, a former WWII site

/ 10:58 AM January 26, 2016
Akihito, Michiko

Japan’s Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko pose for the media as they prepare to leave for the Philippines for a four-day visit at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. AP

TOKYO — Japan’s emperor said Tuesday that his nation must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II, as he and his wife Empress Michiko embarked for a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.

“Many Filipinos, Americans and Japanese lost their lives in the Philippines during the war,” Emperor Akihito said in a short statement before departing from Tokyo. “Especially in the battle in Manila, a tremendously large number of innocent Filipino civilians were victims. Upon making this visit, we need to bear this in mind at all times.”


READ: Japan emperor to boost ties with PH

Japan occupied the Philippines during World War II. The 1945 battle for Manila between the Japanese and US and Philippine forces leveled the capital city.


The 82-year-old emperor will pay his respects at memorials for both the Philippine and the Japanese war dead.

Japan-Philippines relations have improved dramatically in the seven decades since the war. Japan has become a major aid donor to the Philippines, and the countries are deepening security ties in the face of China’s military rise.

The emperor’s trip follows visits to the World War II battle sites of Palau last year and Saipan in 2005. He also prayed for Japanese and US war-dead in Iwo Jima in 1994.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Emperor, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Japan, Philippines, visit, World War II
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2019 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.