Duterte wants to visit Japan for emperor's enthronement

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 7) — President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing a visit to Japan for the enthronement ceremony of the new Japanese emperor despite his jam-packed schedule.

He said he is considering allotting time because Japan is one of the countries continuously giving assistance to the Philippines.

"Just my personal feeling na, my sentiment, that I should be there even just for a half a day," he said on Sunday as he arrived in Davao City from his five-day official visit to Russia.

[Translation: I feel like I should be there even for just half a day.]

Malacañang previously said the President will skip the event because he is busy and may send a representative instead.

Duterte said he will bring along a "lean" delegation of officials.

"Very lean. Tutal ako lang man siguro ang iniimbita. Hindi na ako magdala nang maraming tao. There’s nothing to discuss there except to be a witness to the enthronement of the new Emperor," he said.

[Translation: The delegation will be very lean since I was the only one invited.]

Naruhito will ascend to the throne on October 22, in the presence of dignitaries from over 190 countries. He succeeded Akihito on May 1.

Duterte previously met Akihito and Empress Michiko during their Manila visit in 2017.