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The following is the full text of a speech given by Emperor Akihito given at a memorial ceremony at the National Theater in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Together with the people gathered here today, I would like to express my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in the disaster and their bereaved families.

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