Japanese emperor wishes for peace in New Year's public appearance.

TOKYO -- Japan's Emperor Akihito has expressed his hopes for world peace as he appeared with his wife, Empress Michiko, two sons and grandchildren behind bullet-proof glass before thousands of well-wishers waving flags.

Akihito, scheduled to make five such appearances at Tokyo's Imperial Palace Saturday, read a New Year's statement in which he expressed his sympathy for people displaced from their homes and still living in temporary housing after the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan.

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