His Majesty the Emperor's New Year Thoughts

1992 New Year Greeting by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan

Looking back upon the past year, I find it has been an eventful year throughout the world, with great changes. I sincerely hope that these great changes occurring in the world will proceed in peace in a direction beneficial to all people.

At home, I regret to say, many lives were lost and agriculture and forestry suffered heavy damage, owing to the calamities caused by the eruption of Mt. Unzen, local downpours, a long spell of rain, and typhoons.

I wish the New Year would be a happy one for the people of our country and for the people of the world.