“These 20 years since Aiko’s birth seem to have been a long time and at the same time a sigh, but I am deeply moved by all the treasured memories,” said the Empress Masako in a message published by the Japanese Imperial Household Agency this Thursday on the occasion of her birthday.
The Empress also wanted to express her support for all health workers and medical personnel who continue to work during the pandemic amid “physical and mental fatigue”, in another “heartbreaking year”, where so many people have lost loved ones and have sick.
“I think this year was also difficult for a large number of people, especially those facing economic and social difficulties,” she said in her message, highlighting the increase in suicides, of 30% among working women and among children and adolescents.
The empress also recalled, in the year of the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the victims of a disaster from which “there are still people who have not been able to rebuild their lives or suffer mentally”, and affirmed that together with Emperor Naruhito They will continue to offer their full support.
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