His Majesty the Emperor's New Year Thoughts

2000 New Year Greeting by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan

During the past year, the severe economic circumstances have persisted in Japan and have variously influenced the lives of the people. Moreover, it is a great sadness that in several parts of the world large scale natural disasters and regional conflicts have claimed the lives of many people.

As we enter this new year, it is my hope that the people of Japan may join in a spirit of mutual help to overcome present difficulties, and together with the people of the world put all their efforts into pursuing peace and building a sound and wholesome future.

I pray that the final year of the twentieth century will be a bright and happy one for all people, both in Japan and throughout the world.