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Benigno Aquino III

Emperor Akihito honors Japanese war dead in Philippines

With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito paid his respects in a war memorial in the Philippines Friday to the largest number of Japanese invasion troops who died outside their homeland in World War II.

Clad in black and accompanied by Empress Michiko, he and Michiko each laid a bouquet of white chrysanthemums, Japan's imperial symbol, and silently prayed near a marble cenotaph in the Japanese memorial garden along Lake Caliraya in Laguna province southeast of the Philippine capital. Some of the 170 relatives of Japanese soldiers wept quietly.

Akihito did not speak at the ceremony, but in his only public remarks related to Japan's wartime aggression, he said at a banquet hosted...