New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind embarked for an official seven-day visit to the Philippines and Japan on Thursday.
The visit aims to expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The President would be attending the enthronement ceremony of new Japanese Emperor Naruhito and unveiling the effigy of Mahatma Gandhi at the Center of peace education at a college in Philippines’ capital Manila.
In Tokyo, the President will visit a Buddhist temple and plant a Bodhi tree to mark the deeply traditional and civilisational bonds which India and Japan share and also underline the shared heritage of Buddhism between the two countries.
During the three-day visit, he will attend a banquet hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and participate in a community event.