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Emperor Naruhito to deliver first video message to Japan

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Emperor Naruhito of Japan is set to deliver his first video message to the people of Japan. The Emperor, who had to cancel the yearly New Year events at the Imperial Palace due to COVID, will speak to the Japanese people for New Year’s via video for the first time.

The Imperial Household Agency has announced that the monarch will speak to the people in place of the annual New Year’s greeting that takes place at the Imperial Palace on 2 January where the Emperor gives remarks.

“The Emperor’s direct interactions with the Japanese people have decreased due to the coronavirus epidemic, which has led to all of his regional visits being postponed. We have decided on the video message as a substitute for the Jan. 2 greeting event,” they said.

The Imperial Household has not said when the video will air, but it is thought it will be on 1 January. It is not known if Empress Masako will make an appearance in the video.

The Emperor and Empress are concerned about the impact of COVID and health of their people, and it is expected this will be touched on during his video remarks at the beginning of the new year.

It will be the first time Emperor Naruhito has released a video message to his people since ascending the throne upon the abdication of his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito in 2019.

Akihito only released two video messages during his 30 year reign – once after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami to hit northeastern Japan and to announce his intent to abdicate in 2016.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.