Japan’s Emperor Akihito Speaks To Nation In Rare TV Speech


Japan’s Emperor Akihito Speaks To Nation In Rare TV Speech
by Darius Kadivar

In a rare television appearance, Japan’s 77-year-old Emperor Akihito spoke to the nation this afternoon, only days after the worst earthquake and tsunami in living memory in Japan, in an effort to calm and comfort people. Japanese emperors usually only give televised speeches during times of war or extreme crisis. (Watch Full Translated Speech at BBC News)

Emperor Akihito said the disaster was on an “unprecedented scale”. He continued by saying “I feel deeply sorry for the people who suffered in this terrible disaster. The accident at the nuclear power plant causes deep worry and I hope efforts by staff can avert the situation from getting worse.”He also thanked everyone who is helping with the rescue effort, including foreign governments and citizens.The death toll in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami however is still increasing, and has officially now reached 3,771. But with hundreds of bodies still washing ashore every day, this number is expected to increase to likely between 10,000 to 20,000.

Emperor Akihito is deeply revered in Japan, and such a televised speech is likely to mean much to the Japanese people.

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HIM Akihito became Emperor of Japan in 1989 upon the death of his father Emperor Hirohito (Showa). His wife then became Empress Michiko, whom he had married in 1959. The couple have three children; Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Fumihito and the former Princess Sayako (she gave up her title and left the Imperial Family when she married as required by law). According to tradition HIM is the 125th Emperor of Japan all from the Yamato dynasty; the oldest monarchy in the world.

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and precaution are taken.

San Onofre has an emergency team always on stand-by besides

NRC has an office at the sites that monitor the plant operation from

a small paper cut injury to any small repairs.

Please contact your Fire dept and also the city and learn about the evacuation procedure. 

The evacuation is done by  the wind direction and the severity of

th accident. What you are seeing in Japan is what we call " accident beyond engineerign dsign" . Usually no one can predict this situation

specially when the force of nature is beyond what human is prepared for .

Just for you to know, Japan is not forthcoming to tell his citizens about the radiation and what might be involved but this will never

ever happen in San Onofre, in such a case you all will know what is

radiated, the dose rate and the kind of fission product. 


You also need to know, there is air monitoring system in San Onofre and continously monitor the area.

 Good luck



Oh really

by darius on

 What A shadow, it took him one week to finally show up  and

address his nation when dead bodies are all over.

I feel sorry for the late Shah , he was betrayed . 



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The Emperor is

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The Emperor is suffering.

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