Japanese Emperor Akihito turned 79 on Sunday, reassuring thousands of well-wishers he has regained his health since heart by-pass surgery, and remembering those affected by the quake-tsunami disaster.
Japanese Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko greet the crowds on his 79th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2012. He reassured thousands of well-wishers that he has regained health since his heart bypass surgery in February.
The softly-spoken monarch gave his birthday address from a glass-covered balcony at the Imperial Palace overlooking the East Garden, as crowds braved the bitter cold, waving small Japanese flags.
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