His Majesty the Emperor's Birthday Celebration


宮内庁/Imperial Household Agency

「宮内庁/Imperial Household Agency」

Message from Ambassador TOMITA Koji

Statement by Secretary of State
Antony J. Blinken

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I am honored to send heartfelt congratulations to His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on the occasion of his 61st birthday this February 23. When then-Chief Cabinet Secretary and now Prime Minister Suga unveiled to the world the era name “Reiwa,” His Majesty’s accession to the throne ushered in an era celebrating the beautiful harmony that results when hearts and minds come together in unity. Recalling with great fondness our visits to Japan as Vice President and Deputy Secretary of State, the President and I are eager to visit Japan again as we continue to deepen and expand our treasured partnership.

As President Biden and Prime Minister Suga reaffirmed in their call last month, the U.S.-Japan Alliance is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in a free and open Indo-Pacific. Our common values and shared interests — which include upholding democracy and human rights, addressing climate change, curbing the global COVID-19 pandemic, and confronting shared regional and global security challenges — comprise an unshakeable foundation of our global partnership. We applaud Japan’s global leadership and look forward to further strengthening the bonds between our two countries in the year ahead.

To all the people of Japan, I wish you a peaceful and prosperous year.


Message from Adrian Smith, Congressman and Co-Chair of the US-Japan Congressional Caucus

On behalf of myself and the people of Nebraska’s Third Congressional District, I wish to convey our warmest regards and best wishes on the sixty-first birthday of His Majesty, Emperor Naruhito. I hope this letter finds you and your family well.

While the prior year has not been without its challenges, difficult times make us appreciate even more the happy days and special occasions we spend with family and friends, and certainly deepen the love we have for our countries. Though challenges remain on the horizon, I am sure that this next year will see a return to health and prosperity for both our nations. The long and productive relationship between the United States and Japan has given both our countries a friend and partner in these uncertain times.

Again, on His Majesty’s birthday I wish for health and happiness for him, his family, and your nation.

Message from Kurt M. Campbell, National Security Council Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific

Japan's National Anthem "Kimigayo"
Performed by Michele Fowlin

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and the Imperial Family

Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and the Imperial Family