All Japan news’s Empress Michiko celebrated her 79th birthday on Sunday by talking about the country’s most recent issues, such as Typhoon Wipha, the 2020 Summer Olympics and the thousands of Fukushima survivors who still live as evacuees.
The Empress decided to cancel the celebration events that were scheduled at the Imperial Palace in the wake of Typhoon Wipha which killed at least 29 and damaged thousands of houses.
Empress Michiko talked about the Crown Princess Masako’s recent overseas trip, the first in 11 years: “I was truly happy that the Crown Princess was able to visit the Netherlands and return home safely.” Princess Masako’s public appearances have been rather rare during the recent years due to her stress-induced illness. “I am glad to see that since the visit, she has continued to be well, visiting disaster-afflicted areas and even attending ceremonies together with the Crown Prince,” the empress added.
Regarding natural disasters, Empress Michiko said “tornadoes were not so common in All Japan news until now”. As for Tokyo being selected to host the 2020 Olympic Games, she expressed her sincere “wish for the success of the Games.” Empress Michiko also said Fukushima residents are never far from her thoughts. “There are still more than 280,000 people who are living as evacuees, and I continue to think of them often and worry about how they are managing since the disaster,” she said.