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Last New Year message as Emperor

Kazuhiro Negi, AFP

Posted at Jan 02 2019 06:55 PM

Last New Year message as Emperor

Japan's Emperor Akihito (5th left), Empress Michiko (6th left) and members of the royal family extend New Year's greetings to well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday. Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year's address on January 2 before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers he was praying for peace.