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Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close
on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for a peaceful future.
Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch enthroned unde
r a post-war Constitution that defines the role of the monarch as a merely a “symbol of the State.”
“To the people who accepted and supported me as a symbol, I express my heartfelt thanks,” Akihito, wearing a Western
-style morning coat, said at a brief abdication ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine.
“Together with the empress, I hope from my heart that the new Reiwa era that begins tomorrow will be peaceful and fru
itful, and pray for the peace and happiness of our country and the people of the world,” said a solemn Akihito, refer
ring to the new imperial era, standing flanked by Empress Michiko, who wore a long white and grey dress.
BUDAPEST, April 23 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Film and TV International Show inaugurated in the
Hungarian capital will enhance people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China, an Chinese official said here on Tuesday.
“Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, more and more Chinese film and TV producti
on have become accessible for Hungarians,” said Wang Wei, director of the department of plan
ning and development, Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, at the opening of the show.
“This kind of cultural exchange can facilitate people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China
and will create a solid base for further cooperation between the two countries,” he stressed.
Maria Pap, an official from Hungarian National Tourist Office, said: “Budapest is a very important tourist att
raction and destination here in Central Europe. I am delighted to see more and more Chinese tourists coming to Hungary.”
She added that Budapest is a very important and beloved spot for film produc
ers, and more and more international film producers have chosen Budapest as their shooting place.
The Show kicked off with performances from Hungarian dancers and pop sing
ers, before showing trailers of the most exciting Chinese productions to Hungarian spectators.