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article imageTV speech: Emperor Akihito 'deeply worried' over nuclear crisis

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 16, 2011 in World
Tokyo - Emperor Akihito, in his first televised address to the nation during his 22-year reign, admitted his concern about the nuclear crisis in his country and called for strength and solidarity among the Japanese.
The speech of the emperor, broadcast today on public television NHK, reflects the seriousness of the crisis in Japan, the worst since the end of World War II, according to the Government.
The emperor admitted being "deeply worried" about the complicated situation in the Fukushima nuclear plant in northeast Japan, while stating his desire for the crisis not to worsen.
Akihito, 77, who recently was diagnosed with coronary atherosclerosis, was obviously affected as he told the Japanese people that he is praying for the welfare of the survivors after the disaster on Friday, which caused over 11 000 dead or missing, according to provisional figures.
"An earthquake of 9 degrees has never happened in Japan. I do not know yet the number of victims, but I pray for greatest number possible to survive," said Emperor Akihito, head of the oldest ruling dynasty in the world.
The emperor also requested the Japanese people to remain calm and not to give up at this time of crisis. He also expressed his gratitude for the show of solidarity from all over the world.
"I sincerely hope that the people will overcome this unfortunate time by taking care of each other," said the Emperor.
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