Emperor Tokuhito of Japan ushered in his 61st birthday on the 23rd.
According to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, the emperor held a press conference at Akasaka Royal Institute on the same day, expressing the hope that Japan would end the coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible and looking forward to the bright future.
According to the report, Emperor Tokuhito recalled that the year was “under the influence of the coronavirus pandemic”, expressing condolences to the deceased and thanking the medical staff and health care staff.
According to Nikkei News Network, the emperor expressed gratitude to the medical workers at the press conference, “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude.” He also expressed condolences to the nation, “I think many people are under pressure and thank everyone for their efforts that have been making unknown.”
“By dividing each other’s worries, cooperating, and defeating the pandemic with tenacity and patience, there will always be light ahead.
I look forward to this day.” Emperor Tokuhito also said.
The report also said that the activities of the emperor and queen were also greatly restricted due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
During the year, there was no opportunity to visit all parts of Japan at all, and there was a lack of communication opportunities with Japanese nationals.
“I regret that direct contact with many citizens has become extremely difficult,” said the emperor, thinking about what he can do now every day.
Regarding the online activities vigorously implemented in this situation, he commented positively, “It is a major discovery that new possibilities have been found.”