Thousands flocked to Japan`s Imperial Palace Tuesday to celebrate the 81st birthday of Emperor Akihito, who recalled the carnage of World War II and said he hoped the country would continue to pursue peaceful development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated his predecessor Manmohan Singh after becoming the first Indian to be honoured with Japan's top national award for his “significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and India.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conferred one of Japan's top national awards for his “significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and India , becoming the first Indian to receive the rare honour.
India and Japan share a vision of promoting peace and stability in building a new Asia, President Pranab Mukherjee said as he hosted visiting Emperor of Japan Akihito and Empress Michiko at a banquet in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko took a morning stroll at the beautiful Lodhi Gardens and interacted with schoolchildren, diplomats and a section of lay people on their historic visit here.