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During their six-day visit, the imperial couple is scheduled to meet with a dozen surviving widows and families members of Japanese war veterans. The wives and their families used to face discrimination because the women had married Japanese men.
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko walk into their car at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam Ultra Boost Triple Black Sale , Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. The royal couple arrived in Hanoi for a goodwill visit where they will meet with the abandoned wives of former Japanese soldiers from World War II. (AP PhotoHau Dinh) Japan's Empress Michiko looks at Emperor Akihito after arriving at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday Ultra Boost Black Sale , Feb. 28, 2017. The royal couple arrived in Hanoi for a goodwill visit where they will meet with the abandoned wives of former Japanese soldiers from World War II. (AP PhotoHau Dinh)
Japanese troops invaded Vietnam in 1940 and remained there until Japan surrendered to the allies in 1945, but some 700 Japanese soldiers, most of them married to Vietnamese women, stayed in Vietnam after revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh declared independence from French colonial rule shortly after that.
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Despite their stormy relations in the past, the two countries have steadily improved their ties since Vietnam launched reform policies in the mid-1980s and opened up to the world in early 1990s.
Today, Japan is Vietnam's biggest foreign donor and one of its top investors and trading partners.
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The visit will help to further promote the strategic partnership and understanding between the two countries, it said.
Despite his age, Emperor Akihito has maintained a busy schedule, greeting foreign dignitaries and traveling overseas and around Japan.
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BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) - Beijing's Niujie Mosque has many treasures: a five-century-old Koran, a gilded wooden plate engraved with an emperor' s order and foreign sheik tombs from hundreds of years ago.
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