Emperor, Empress console Japanese-Filipino war sufferers
Jiji Press -- Jan 29
Visiting Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko consoled Japanese-Filipinos who experienced the Pacific War, part of World War II, at their meeting at a hotel in Manila on Thursday.

A total of 34 people, including five Filipinos of Japanese descent and three spouses, and Japanese living in the Philippines, attended the meeting with the Imperial couple.

Among the five Japanese-Filipinos are Carlos Teraoka and Ines Mallari, former and current presidents, respectively, of the Federation of Nikkei Jin Kai Philippines, an association for Japanese descendants.

Emperor Akihito told Teraoka, 85, that he must have had a hard time during the war. In reply, Teraoka said that it could not be helped because it was wartime.

フィリピンを訪問されている天皇皇后両陛下。「日本人は決して忘れてはならない」と犠­牲者へのお気持ちを示されました。
News sources: Jiji Press, ANNnewsCH
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