Emperor Naruhito offered greetings on Thursday in his first New Year’s address since taking the throne, expressing hope for a peaceful year without natural disasters and for the happiness of people around the world.
Accompanied by his wife, Empress Masako, and other members of the imperial family, the 59-year-old, who ascended to the chrysanthemum throne on May 1 following his father’s abdication, waved to thousands of well-wishers from behind the windows of a balcony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Unable to view this article?
This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.
Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.
If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.
We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.