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Duterte ends Japan trip early over 'unbearable' back pain

Motorcycle injury forces Philippine president to skip banquet for emperor

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Oct. 22.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte left Japan ahead of schedule on Tuesday because of severe pain in his hip from a motorcycle accident last week.

Duterte was seen grimacing and using a cane at Tuesday's ceremony in which Japan's Emperor Naruhito formally proclaimed his accession to the throne.

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