celebrate His Majesty the Emperor of Japan Naruhito’s 62nd birthday on 23 February, 2022

Both President Whipps and Japanese Ambassador Karasawa released a video respectively to celebrate His Majesty the Emperor of Japan Naruhito’s 62nd birthday on 23 February, 2022. To watch their videos, please visit either the Office of the President’s Facebook page or the Embassy of Japan’s website.

Recalling His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Her Majesty the Empress Emerita Michiko’s historic visit to Palau in April 2015, President Whipps spoke in Japanese addressing His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito, who was enthroned on 1 May 2019, that “I would like to celebrate His Majesty the Emperor’s 62nd birthday today.”

Introducing the animated video of“the Tale of the Jinja Maru, the Drifting Ship” vividly depicting the interaction between the crew of the ship and the islanders of Palau in 1821, Ambassador Karasawa stated that “I do believe that we further develop a Japanese word ‘kizuna,’ which means bonds of friendship, between Japan and Palau for the next hundreds of years to come.”

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