I believe it is extremely important for the Japanese people to strive to accurately understand this past history along with the ensuing era.

I believe women have played major roles, both tangible or intangible, in the imperial family.

Three million and one hundred thousand Japanese people died in the war, and many foreigners were also victims.

In view of history, I sincerely wish that the ravages of war will never be repeated.

I hope that knowledge about past facts will continue to be passed down in a proper manner ... and will be used for future benefit.

At the start of the year, I pray for the happiness of the Japanese people and peace in the world.