Japan’s emperor wishes 2023 ‘peaceful’ in first live speech since pandemic start


“Nowadays, wars and conflicts are frequent all over the world. And I am deeply saddened by the loss of so many people. I feel the importance of repeating the conversation. and cooperating with others in the international community to overcome differences in circumstances,” said the 62-year-old emperor, according to a statement released in advance by the Imperial Household Agency on Sunday.

The picture shows the emperor and the royal family standing behind a pane of glass in the palace. and waved to the crowd below. Many people wave Japanese flags.

In a short speech on Monday He wishes everyone “peace” in 2023.

“I know there will be many problems. But I hope this year will be a peaceful and good year for all of you,” the emperor said from 2020 to 2022. Naruhito New Year Speeches Through Video Messages
Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend a New Year's reception at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1, 2023.
Naruhito accompanied Empress Masako Princess Aiko, daughters and other family members under Japan Rules of succession for men onlyPrincess Aiko was forbidden from becoming an empress.

On Sunday, Naruhito attended a New Year’s reception at the Imperial Palace with foreign ambassadors.

For centuries, Japanese rulers were seen as living beings of the gods. But after the war in the United States Occupied Japan The country has issued a new constitution that prohibits the royal family from engaging in politics. Naruhito’s grandfather Emperor Hirohito the last emperor

Today, Naruhito is more of a symbol of the state than the head of state. and has no political power Despite this lower public profile But the emperor remains a revered figure in Japan.

Naruhito began to reign in 2019 After his father Akihito became The first emperor to abdicate in 200 years
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