"In his last födelsedagstal on the record expressing Japan's emperor Akihito their great joy that the country has been at war during his nearly 30 years on the krysantemumtronen."
"the Emperor fills 85 years of age and should abdicate the throne on 30 april."
"It is important to remember that countless lives were lost in the second world war and that the peace and prosperity of the Efterkrigsjapan was built with numerous sacrifices and tireless efforts of the japanese people," says Akihito at an emotional press conference in the presidential palace, according to the japanese news agency Kyodo."
"– It gives me a deep relief that the Heisei-era (his time as emperor in the japanese reckoning) is coming to an end, completely without the war in Japan."
"unlike his father Hirohito, who was the japanese emperor during the second world war, took over Akihito under the pacifist constitution written after the war, in contrast to the country's militaristic past."