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Japan's emperor in Thailand to pay respects to late king

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              Japan's Emperor Akihito, center, is flanked by security men on his arrive at the Phu Bai airport in the central city of Hue, Vietnam as...

              Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to bid farewell as they departure from the Phu Bai airport in the central city of Hue,...

              Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to bid farewell as they departure from the Phu Bai airport in the central city of Hue,...

              Japan's Emperor Akihito, center left, and Empress Michiko meet with Japanese volunteers from Japanese International Cooperation Agency ...

Japan's Emperor Akihito, center, is flanked by security men on his arrive at the Phu Bai airport in the central city of Hue, Vietnam as...

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to bid farewell as they departure from the Phu Bai airport in the central city of Hue,...

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to bid farewell as they departure from the Phu Bai airport in the central city of Hue,...

Japan's Emperor Akihito, center left, and Empress Michiko meet with Japanese volunteers from Japanese International Cooperation Agency ...

BANGKOK (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito has arrived in Bangkok to pay his respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, following a weeklong trip to Vietnam aimed at winning support against Chinese expansionism.

The monarchies — two of a handful remaining in Asia — have maintained close ties. Bhumibol first visited Japan in 1963, touching off a decades-long friendship with numerous visits back and forth, most recently a visit by Akihito to Thailand in 2006.

Akihito, accompanied by his wife, Empress Michiko, was to lay wreathes and sign a condolence book at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday before meeting with King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, who ascended the throne after the death of his widely revered father in October.


Updated : 2021-04-14 10:51 GMT+08:00