Toast of Emperor Akihito during his state visit to the Philippines

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the Republic of the Philippines and Japan, it is a great pleasure for the Empress and I to be visiting the Philippines again at the invitation of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Toast of President Aquino during the state dinner in honor of the Emperor and Empress of Japan

It is a great honor for our people to host Your Majesties on your return to the Philippines. This visit comes at an auspicious time, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our relations, and your presence today indeed emphasizes the depth of the friendship between our two nations.

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