Japanese Emperor Akihito expressed hopes Wednesday that the safety of as many Japanese as possible will be confirmed following the catastrophic earthquake in the country on Friday.
Since the quake, many people have been forced to take shelter under extremely severe conditions because there are serious shortages of food, water and fuel, the Emperor said in a video message to the people.
He said he wished that the circumstances of displaced people will improve and that their hopes for postquake reconstruction will grow.
In the message, the Emperor showed deep concern about the unfolding situation regarding quake-damaged nuclear power reactors in Fukushima Prefecture, one of the most severely damaged northeastern Japan prefectures.
The Emperor said he hopes that the strongest efforts of relevant parties will prevent the nuclear crisis from escalating further.