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    Philippine president to visit Japan

    PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III will visit Japan on June 24 to deliver a keynote address at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) International Conference in Hiroshima at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a report said Tuesday.
    Before heading to Hiroshima, Aquino will also hold a summit meeting over lunch with Prime Minister Abe in the latter's official residence.
    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said details on the agenda of the meeting between the two heads of states will be released by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in accordance with diplomatic practice.
    “We will have to await the statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs because matters like this are made known to the public on the mutual consent of both parties,” Coloma told reporters.
    Aquino will immediately return to Manila after his speaking engagement in Hiroshima.
    The forthcoming trip will be President Aquino’s fifth visit to Japan since his election in 2010.
    President Aquino previously visited Japan to attend the 18th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (Yokohama, 2010); hold a one-on-one meeting with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (Narita, 2011); make an official visit (Tokyo/Sendai, 2011); and grace the 40th ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit (Tokyo, 2013).
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