[SIZE=3]Emperor hopes people will be kind to each other in overcoming disaster
TOKYO, March 16, Kyodo
Emperor Akihito said in an unprecedented video message Wednesday that he is hurt by the devastation caused by last Friday's earthquake and ensuing tsunami, and expressed hope that the people in Japan will overcome the challenges they face by caring for each other.
''I am deeply hurt by the grievous situation in the disaster-hit areas,'' the emperor said in a video footage released by the Imperial Household Agency. ''I sincerely hope that people will overcome this unfortunate time by engendering a sense of caring for other people.''
It is the first time the emperor has appeared in a video message to convey his feelings to the public. The footage was released following strong wishes by the emperor and Empress Michiko to directly communicate with the public, as they are very concerned about the extensive and grave damage wrought by the earthquake, according to the agency.