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New Thai king receives Japanese emperor

Emperor Akihito pays historic visit to Thailand to honor old and new kings

Emperor Akihito paying his respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during his visit to Bangkok Sunday. (Pool photo)

BANGKOK -- Thailand's new king received Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan on Sunday, granting his first audience with a foreign head of state since he acceded to the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Oct. 13.

The audience for Japan's 83-year-old emperor -- who let it be known in August that he wishes to abdicate and hand over to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito -- is an important diplomatic milestone for King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the 10th monarch in Thailand's Chakri dynasty, founded in 1782.

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