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Well-wishers cheer as Emperor Akihito and his family appear on the balcony of the Imperial Palace to mark his 82nd birthday in Tokyo on Wednesday.

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Took part in this once for his father's birthday once in the mid 80's. So many people !

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Happy Birthday! My deepest respect and love to Emperor Akihito who is a moral compass in humanity. Everyone needs to listen up what he has to say. This emperor is very special.

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Happy Birthday!

Emperor Akihito on your 82 Birthday.

May you have many more great, joyous years ahead.

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A well-rehearsed photo op. Look at the women, they all have the same pose, right down to the gloves.

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Happy Birthday, Your Majesty! May the warm rays of the Sun shine on you always, and may Kami-Sama be with you throughout the year and for many many more birthdays to come. Omedou gozaimasu! Bansai!

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