NHK World video of Emperor Akihito
Japan's Emperor Akihito has delivered a video message to express sympathy for people affected by Friday's devastating earthquake and call for concerted efforts to overcome hardships.
The speech on Wednesday was the first in which the Emperor expressed his feelings on video.
He said the death toll has been increasing daily and that it is not clear how far it will rise. He said he hopes the safety of as many people as possible is confirmed.
He expressed deep concern about the situation of the quake-hit nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, and said he hopes related people's efforts will prevent the situation from worsening.
The Emperor said he hopes from his heart that all people will pull together and care for each other to survive during this difficult time.
He expressed a wish that affected people will never give up hope and will take care of themselves to continue their lives.
The Emperor also expressed hope that everyone in the country will continue to monitor the process of rebuilding affected areas.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 19:20