Empress Masako pledges to help emperor more and bring happiness to the people in birthday message
Japan Times -- Dec 10
Empress Masako said Monday she is happy to have completed her duties as part of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement rituals, and pledged to continue such work and help her husband more for the happiness of the people.

In a palace statement marking her 56th birthday, the empress thanked people who have warmly welcomed the couple after Emperor Naruhito succeeded to the throne on May 1, following the abdication of his father, now Emperor Emeritus Akihito. “The many smiling faces I’ve seen in many places are precious memories for me, and they will be a big moral support to me as I move forward,” the statement said.

A Harvard-educated former diplomat, Empress Masako had been largely absent from public appearances for years and is understood to be recovering from stress-induced mental health issues. She developed adjustment disorder, a condition marked by depression and other symptoms caused by stress, after giving birth to the couple’s only child, Princess Aiko, in 2001, while facing pressure to produce a son in order to continue Japan’s male-only imperial succession.

9日、皇后・雅子さまが56歳の誕生日を迎えられました。この一年を振り返り、「日本各地で出会った笑顔が大きな支えになっている」との思いを文章で寄せられました。

 9日は雅子さまの56歳の誕生日。それにあたり、雅子さまは一年の感想をつづられました。天皇陛下の即位に伴い様々な行事が行われた今年。国民が直接、お二人にお祝いの気持ちを伝える場面が幾度となくありました。

 心が痛むこととして台風などの災害で多くの被害が出たことを挙げられました。

 誕生日に際し、医師団からの見解も発表されました。皇后として今年、多くの行事に臨むことができたのは皇后陛下の努力によるところが大きいとしたうえで・・・。

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