85 years old Emperor Akihito gave his final birthday address before his abdication in April. He, said he took “deep comfort” that his reign had passed without Japan again engaging in war.
He became emotional as he thanked the people of Japan and his wife Empress Michiko for their support.
Akihito is the first living monarch to relinquish the Chrysanthemum throne in nearly 200 years.
He ruled for three-decades reign and it is also known as the “Heisei” era, which means “achieving peace” in Japanese.
The emperor also had heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito will succeeded him in April.