Emperor Akihito’s 85th Birthday

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Emperor Akihito of Japan was joined by Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and Princess Mako and Princess Kako to to wave to thousands of well-wishers and give a speech from the Balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to mark his 85th Birthday (Tennō Tanjōbi) on December 23, followed by a Reception with dignitaries and an official luncheon. This was the Emperor’s last Birthday Audience ahead of his abdication in April 2019.

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