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Emperor Akihito offered his annual New Year’s greetings to well-wishers who gathered at the Imperial Palace on Friday.

“I am truly pleased to celebrate the new year with you. I wish happiness to people in our country as well as the whole world,” the Emperor said in a speech delivered from the balcony of Chowaden Palace.

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