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天皇即位後初の一般参賀に14万人超

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Emperor
天皇(後出 Empress は皇后、Emperor Emeritus は上皇、Empress Emerita は上皇后)
well-wisher
(ここでは)参賀者(後出 spectator もここでは同意)
succession
(ここでは皇位)継承
overlook
見渡す
grounds
敷地
Imperial Palace
皇居(後出 Imperial Family は皇族、Imperial Household Agency は宮内庁)
(be) grateful
感謝する
sincerely
心から
hand in hand
手を携えて
cheer
声援を送る
interference with ~
~への支障
then
当時の
enthronement
即位
Emperor Naruhito, left, waves next to Empress Masako during his first public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 4. (Mainichi)

Emperor Naruhito greets 140,000 well-wishers   

Emperor Naruhito greeted the public on May 4 for the first time since his succession, expressing hope for Japan to keep pursuing peace.

From a balcony overlooking the grounds of the Imperial Palace, Emperor Naruhito thanked a large number of well-wishers for congratulating him.

"I am deeply grateful and pleased that I am receiving celebration from you all today," said the Emperor, wearing a formal suit and standing next to his wife, Empress Masako. "I wish for your health and happiness, and sincerely hope that our country pursues world peace hand in hand with other countries and will develop further."

As he waved from the balcony, where he was accompanied by other members of the Imperial Family, spectators cheered, took photos and waved Japanese flags. The former Emperor Akihito, who became Emperor Emeritus, and his wife Michiko, who became Empress Emerita, were not present, to avoid concerns about interference with the current Emperor.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, more than 140,000 people came to celebrate. This was more than the around 110,000 who turned up to celebrate in November 1990 after then Emperor Akihito's enthronement. (AP)

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週刊英語学習紙 毎日ウィークリー5月18日号

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