• Kyodo News


Emperor Akihito offered New Year’s greetings to tens of thousands of well-wishers who gathered at the Imperial Palace on Saturday.

“I hope this year will be a good year for each of you,” the Emperor said from the balcony of the Chowa-Den wing. “I wish for the happiness of the people and peace in the world at the beginning of the year.”

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