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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner, Cielito Avancena, met Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, discussing the sometimes strained relations between their countries in the past.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, the meeting lasted for about 25 minutes, during which the Emperor noted that many Filipinos lost their lives in World War II, when Japan occupied the Philippines for more than three years.

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