Duterte may go to Japan coronation with âleanâ delegation
President Rodrigo Duterte waves at the send-off party as he prepares to depart at the Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow, Russian Federation on October 5, 2019.
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Duterte may go to Japan coronation with ‘lean’ delegation

Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - October 7, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte wants to attend the enthronement ceremony of new Japanese Emperor Naruhito this month but is planning to bring with him a “lean” delegation.

Speaking to reporters in Davao City upon his arrival from Russia yesterday, Duterte noted that Japan is one of the countries providing assistance to the Philippines.

“You know Japan has… well, one of the countries that are really helping us and they are among the first ones to do so. There is a sentiment that I should be there,” the President said.

“Even just for half a day... But very lean. Since I am the only one invited, I won’t bring many people,” he added.

Duterte said there is nothing to discuss during the event except the enthronement of the new emperor.

Last month, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte may skip the enthronement rites because of his busy schedule. He said the Philippine leader may just send a representative to the event.

Naruhito became emperor last May after his father Akihito abdicated, the first by a Japanese emperor in centuries. He will formally ascend to the throne on Oct. 22. – With Edith Regalado

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