Emperor Voices Deep Emotion over 30 Years on Throne

Society

Tokyo, Feb. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Emperor Akihito expressed deep emotion on Sunday over marking the 30th anniversary of his accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne amid congratulations offered by people at home and abroad.

"It means so much to me that I commemorate this day amid congratulations both nationally and internationally," the Emperor said in a speech at a government-sponsored ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary on Jan. 7.

Looking back on the Heisei era, which began the day after his enthronement in January 1989, the Emperor said, "Japan had a period free of war for the first time in modern history, backed by the strong will of the people aspiring for peace."

But he added, "Japan also faced many unexpected difficulties."

Referring to a series of natural disasters that hit Japan, the Emperor recalled people in disaster areas and people in other parts of the nation who stayed close to disaster victims as "one of unforgettable memories during my days on the throne."

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