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Japan emperor calls 9/11 ‘tragic’ in speech

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Japan's emperor Akihito called the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks "tragic" in his annual New Year's message and released a poem describing the outpouring of joy after the liberation of Kabul.

The 68-year-old emperor said the attacks were a tragic incident that dealt a blow to a weakening global economy.

Akihito expressed his hopes for world peace in brief remarks released this week as he and his family greeted government leaders and other dignitaries in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.

"I feel, in order to maintain the stability and peace of the world, it is essential that friendship and cooperation among countries be further strengthened," he said.