Japanese Emperor Akihito made a rare public appearance Wednesday afternoon to address the ongoing crisis in his country following a massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11th.
In a pre-recorded statement aired by television stations across Japan, Akihito said he was “deeply worried” about the ongoing nuclear crisis currently unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, brought on by an earthquake and tsunami that were “unprecedented in scale.”
Akihito also said he was concerned about the number of casualties in Japan and expressed hope that “as many people possibly are found safe.”
“I hope from the bottom of my heart that the people will, hand in hand, treat each other with compassion,” Akihito said.
The Imperial Household Agency said Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have expressed desire to visit areas impacted by the earthquake and tsunami.