Empress turns 81

posted on October 20, 2015

The Empress turns 81 on Tuesday. In a statement, she looked back on her visit with the Emperor to the Pacific island nation of Palau and said, "In the past year, I have again thought deeply about people who have passed away and that they live long in our minds."

The Imperial couple visited the country in April to mourn the war dead there on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Also in the statement, the Empress recalled that she had been impressed to learn her 13-year-old granddaughter, Princess Aiko, paid attention to an article about the effort of a female student to restore train services in Hiroshima after the U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city on Aug. 6, 1945.

She said she is strongly encouraged by the attitude of the generations of her children and grandchildren in thinking seriously about war and peace.

source by newsonjapan
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