facebook
twitter
search
search

Japanese emperor offers encouragement to quake, tsunami victims

Jan. 2, 2013 at 10:58 AM
| License Photo

TOKYO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito offered encouragement Wednesday to people still working to rebuild their lives from the devastating 2011 tsunami and earthquake.

"It was encouraging to see many people going to the disaster-affected areas and making efforts to help afflicted people," he said in a series of New Year's greetings, The Mainichi Shimbun reported.

Speaking to about 78,000 people from a balcony of the royal palace, the emperor added, "I hope that this will be a better year even slightly for every citizen."

He was joined on the balcony by other members of the royal family, including Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako.

Akihito's 97-year-old uncle, Prince Mikasa, also was present, his first public appearance since heart surgery in July.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Export-Import Bank ends operations as Congress failed to reauthorize
Germanwings pilot Lubitz buried quietly amid investigation
Islamic State beheads women for sorcery
Obama to expand overtime pay to millions of workers
More than 100 dead in C-130 military plane crash in Indonesia