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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.
an underwater tunnel should be built to connect the railways in Nanjing
, but his dream was not realized for about 100 years. In 1929, Sun’s casket was transpor
ted to Pukou district along the Tientsin-Pukow Railway before being ferried to downtown Nanjing.
In 1930, John Alexander Low Waddell, a 76-year-old Canadian who was a
traffic consultant to the Chinese government, said the Yangtze in Nanjing was too deep and
was flowing too fast to construct a bridge, according to the Academy of Sociology.
The government launched large-scale investigations in 1936 and 1946 before dropping the pla
n. In 1956, the State Council, China’s Cabinet, proposed constructing the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.
To test the bridge’s load-bearing capacity, Xu Shiyou, who comma
nded the Nanjing Military Region, ordered an armored regim
ent to drive 118 amphibious tanks on the newly built structure at 8 am on Sept 25, 1969.