Emperor Akihito 80th Birthday at the Imperial Palace

Emperor Akihito 80th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan – Flanked by his family, Japan’s Emperor Akihito waves to flag-waving well-wishers celebrating his 80th birthday during a genreral audiencre at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, December 23, 2013. The monarch told the crowd of some 25,000 people that he prayed the coming year will be a good year for all. Flanking Akihito are, from left: Crown Prince Naruhito and Empress Michiko. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Emperor Akihito 80th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan – Well-wishers wave paper flags, celebrating the 80th birthday of Emperor Akihito during a general audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday, December 23, 2013. The monarch told the crowd of some 25,000 people that he prayed the coming year will be a good year for all. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)