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Japan's emperor celebrates 75th birthday

2008-12-23 12:17:45 GMT2008-12-23 20:17:45 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers as the monarch celebrates his 75th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers as he celebrates his 75th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Well-wishers take photographs and wave Japan's national flags during Emperor Akihito's 75th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers through bullet-proof glass as he celebrates his 75th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 23, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko pose for a photograph in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 1, 2008 in this handout photo released by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. Emperor Akihito will celebrate his 75th birthday on December 23, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers as the monarch celebrates his 75th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo December 23, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

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