His Majesty the Emperor's New Year Thoughts

1995 New Year Greeting by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan

As this new year begins, it is my earnest wish that for the people of Japan and of the world, it may turn out a happy year.

Fifty years ago, the Japanese people saw the end of a most terrible war, and since then have carried out the difficult task of postwar rehabilitation, and continued to make every effort to improve relations wiht all countries of the world.

In this pivotal year, looking back upon the past, remembering the victims of the war while at same time mindful of the toil and trouble of all those who laboured to achieve today's prosperity, anew I pray for peace for all world.