Empress Masako, Turning 56, Recalls Pivotal Year with Deep Emotion

Society

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)--Empress Masako turned 56 years old on Monday, her first birthday in the new Japanese era of Reiwa, which started along with the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, her husband, in May.

"As I recall this year, which saw a historical moment, I'm filled with deep emotion," the Empress said in a statement released through the Imperial Household Agency.

"I sincerely appreciate unexpectedly warm celebrations by many people in such occasions as our public greeting at the Imperial Palace in May, the national festival (to mark the Emperor's enthronement) and the 'Shukuga-Onretsu-no-Gi' (enthronement parade), both in November," she said.

Empress Masako also deeply thanked former Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for "giving consideration and showing the way" to realizing a smooth Imperial succession, as well as for their longtime service while staying close to the people.

"I renew my hope to, together with His Majesty, be standing by the people while always wishing their happiness," the Empress said.

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