New Emperor Makes 1st Appearance before Palace Visitors

Society

Tokyo, May 4 (Jiji Press)--New Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who assumed the throne on Wednesday, made his first appearance before visitors to the Imperial Palace on Saturday.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, together with other adult Imperial Family members including Crown Prince Akishino, showed up at the balcony of the Chowa-Den Hall and smilingly waved to the well-wishers.

"I'm pleased to receive congratulations from everyone coming here today and deeply appreciate this," the new Emperor, wearing a morning dress, said in a speech.

"I sincerely hope that our country will achieve further prosperity, while joining hands with other countries in pursuit of world peace," he said.

The Emperor and other Imperial Family members made a total of six public appearances. Such an Imperial event is usually held on Jan. 2 and the Emperor's birthday.

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