Japan: Thousands gather outside Imperial Palace as Emperor celebrates last birthday on throne


Tens of thousands of people gathered outside Tokyo’s Imperial Palace on Sunday, to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 85th birthday. It was the Emperor final birthday greeting before he steps down next April.

The Emperor was joined by Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Naruhito, along with other members of the Imperial family.

During his address, the Emperor said, “I am grateful to have received so many birthday wishes from you all.”

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