On the 15th, the day the war ended, His Majesty the Emperor attended the National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead together with the Empress, and while touching on the severe infection situation of the new coronavirus, expressed his wish for the happiness and peace of the people.

Full text of His Majesty the Emperor's remarks

Today, on the occasion of the "Day of Mourning for the War Dead and Praying for Peace," I attended the National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead. I will.

In the 77 years since the end of the war, the peace and prosperity of Japan today have been built through the tireless efforts of the people.

We are currently facing various difficulties due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, but we will all unite our hearts and work together to overcome this difficult situation and continue to contribute to the happiness of people. I sincerely hope that you will continue to seek peace.

Reflecting on the long period of peace after the war, looking back on the past and based on deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated. Together with the entire nation, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences and pray for world peace and the further development of our country.