Emperor tells of his concern in TV speech
Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00
Japan's revered Emperor Akihito has made an unprecedented public address in which he expressed his concern about the escalating nuclear crisis.
In his televised appearance yesterday, the 77-year-old monarch urged his people to stand together and said he was praying for their safety. Emperor Akihito said he was deeply concerned about the "unpredictable" nuclear situation at the Fukushima power plant and called the scale of the crisis "unprecedented".
"I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people will, hand in hand, treat each other with compassion. I pray for the safety of as many people as possible," he said.