Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his traditional New Year address on Wednesday, reiterating his sympathy for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2013. He reiterated his sympathy for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster during his traditional New Year address.
"I was encouraged to see many people visit the affected areas and provide support in the wake of the East Japan Great Earthquake," Akihito told more than 50,000 cheering people who gathered at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
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