Japanese emperor's visit to the Philippines

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    Japan emperor, empress arrive in Philippines today
    By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star)
    Updated January 26, 2016 - 12:00am


    MANILA, Philippines - Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive in Manila today for a five-day state visit, their second visit after 54 years.

    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the state visit is a major highlight and fitting start to the 60th anniversary celebration of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Japan.

    More -> http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/26/1546430/japan-emperor-empress-arrive-philippines-today


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

    Associated Press

    10:58 AM January 26th, 2016



    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.”

    More -> http://globalnation.inquirer.net/135601/japans-emperor-visiting-the-philippines-a-former-wwii-site


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    Filipino comfort women seek talks with Japan's emperor

    Ted Regencia
    25 Jan 2016 13:34 GMT


    Rights advocate calls on visiting Emperor Akihito to meet women who were kept as sex slaves during World War II.


    More -> http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/...ight-filipina-sex-slaves-160125001536332.html
     
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    "Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement that the Philippines is "deeply honored" to welcome the imperial couple.

    "Their visit underscores the abiding friendship between the Japanese and Filipino people," said Coloma. "As our country charts the path that leads to sustainable, inclusive growth we are fortunate that Japan is our steadfast partner and ally.""

    http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/01/26/japanese-emperor-akihito-michiko.html

    What does the average Filipino think about Japan? Have Filipinos forgiven them for WW2?
     
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    The old generation (the ones that lived and survived WW2) still harbor resentment towards the Japanese whereas those who were born after WW2, specially the youth have no resentment or hatred towards Japan though the general view is that Filipinos have forgiven the Japanese and have positive attitude towards them.

    The only exception are the Sinophile Filipinos like certain people in a certain forum.
     
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    Sometimes I wish we had still Ottoman family with ceremonial role, but then we have the cost of maintaining them. They could have been used as a good show piece to promote Turkey for other Muslim countries. The sultan would still be symbolic head of Islamic world. No point discussing, this is history and off topic.
    You have better mentallity then our neighbors. They still hate use after our empire times, even if we didn't do much bad things to them.
     
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    However, being forgiving is also one of our faults and I, in a sense, kinda resent that kind of mentality because we Filipinos might even forgive the Chinese if they "hammer down" us in a conflict.
     
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    Japanese Imperial Family

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    Emperor and Empress

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    Japan is trying to beef up its ties with all its neighbors, they want to pressure china and win over influence of other asian countries before china does. I feel as if many asian countries don't want to partner with either, because of historical reasons, but feel japan is the better choice of the two.
     
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    Well that is the issue with Japan - their actions and atrocities during WW2 which led to some countries not fully trusting Japan in this issue. China on the other hand is slowly acting like the country the love to hate.

    The Philippines was faced with choosing a "greater" evil or "lesser" evil - we chose the latter which is Japan because other than good relations, their intentions has geopolitical aspects.
     
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    Japan is like all "peace" or thats what a lot of Japanese prescribe to. A lot of them claim to be pacifist. So do you think japan could ever go back to its WW2 "style" so to speak.
     
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    In terms of being able to fight a war with ferocity?

    Possibly, specially if they got attacked first.
     
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