Recently the NHK News On-line reported the following:
His Majesty the Emperor as well as Her Majesty the Empress wished to meet with Philippines president Duterute in the afternoon on the 31st.
The Philippines president Duterute who visited Japan on the 30th at slightly past 3:40 pm on the 31st arrived at the court where Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress were living.
His Majesty the Emperor said "Nice to meet you" etc., wearing a smiling face at the front door with the Empress while performing the welcoming.
A meeting between His Majesty the Emperor and president Duterute had been scheduled for October of last year, but because Mr. Mikasanomiya the uncle of His Majesty the Emperor passed away in that morning, the interview was canceled.
When performing a goodwill visit to the Philippines in January of last year, Their Majesties went to a cenotaph of the Pacific War to mourn the victims; and His Majesty the Emperor stated that "Many Philippines people were sacrificed in the previous great war." In an interview, president Duterute responded that “Both countries had stepped aside the past and were building a wonderful cooperative relationship. The continual post-war support from Japan in all fields is appreciated sincerely."
The meeting was held for approximately 25 minutes in a harmonious atmosphere, and it's said that His Majesty the Emperor had conveyed his gratitude for the support received from the Philippines during the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake.
After the meeting Their Majesties showed courtesy to the president by seeing him off at the front door and bowed many times to show gratitude as the latter was on his way home in the evening.
I am impressed by the positive attitude expressed by president Duterute in handling history when he said that both countries had side stepped the past and were building a wonderful cooperative relationship; and that the continual post-war support from Japan in all fields was appreciated sincerely. It seems that the president had chosen to forgive but not forget what the Japanese had done in the Philippines during WWII.