On his birthday, Japanese Emperor hopes for bright future amid pandemic

The Hindu Business Line | Feb 23, 2021 at 7:03 AM
  • Emperor Naruhito said he was anticipating a “bright future” as Japan began its coronavirus inoculation programme, during an address to mark his 61st birthday on Tuesday.
  • On the Emperor’s birthday, visitors usually come to the imperial palace to offer good wishes and sign a guest book — a practice that dates back to 1948.
  • The Emperor also appears on a palace balcony with other members of the imperial family to speak to visitors.