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CNN: The Emperor of Japan wished a peaceful year 2023 and stressed the importance of dialogue in his New Year's address

2-1-2023 |

Japanese Emperor Naruhito greeted well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for the first time in three years on Monday, reviving an annual New Year tradition that was paused during the Covid pandemic. From 2020 to 2022, Naruhito delivered his New Year’s speech via video message.


Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi / AP

“Even today, wars and conflicts frequently occur worldwide, and I feel a deep sadness that many people have lost their lives. I strongly feel the importance of repeated dialogue and cooperation with others in the international community to overcome differences in stances,” said the 62-year-old emperor.

“I know that there will be many difficulties, but I hope that this year will be a peaceful and good one for all of you,” the emperor said.

Naruhito was joined by Empress Masako, their daughter Princess Aiko, and other members of the family.

For centuries, Japanese rulers were considered the living embodiment of gods – but after the postwar US occupation of Japan, the country introduced a new constitution that banned the Imperial family from engaging in politics. Naruhito’s grandfather, Emperor Hirohito, was the last divine Emperor.

Nowadays, Naruhito is a symbol of the state rather than the head of state and wields no political power.

Despite this lower public profile, the emperor remains a revered figure within Japan.

Naruhito began his reign in 2019 after his father Akihito became the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years.

Source: CNN