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CAPTION ONLY: ROYAL COUPLE VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE

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President and Hillary Rodham Clinton meet Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the White House Monday. The emperor was greeted with full honors, stepping out of his limousine onto a red carpet. At a sun-drenched ceremony on the South Lawn, Akihito thanked the United States for helping Japan rebuild after World War II and said that "today our two countries have overcome the deplorable rupture brought about by war." President Clinton recalled the warfare of the past and pointed to the challenges of the future. "The destinies of our two peoples are inextricably linked," he said. Clinton recalled that when Akihito visited the United States as crown prince in 1953, "nations were rebuilding from the devastation of war, and vivid memories of that conflict divided our two people." About 4,000 people gathered for the ceremony, many waving fans as the temperature and humidity climbed steadily in a late spring heat wave. Akihito was in Washington as part of a 16-day visit to the United States.