Consul General's greeting about the Enperor's Birthday on Februrary 23

We are celebrating His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito’s 61st birthday on February 23rd, 2021.
Together with the citizens of New England, I would like to take this opportunity to express my happiness for the Emperor’s health and his prosperity, and I would like to express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart for the Emperor’s achievement of being a symbol for Japan and of the unity among Japanese citizens.
Every year, at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston, we hold a reception celebrating the Emperor’s birthday for Japanese citizens and all those who have contributed to the friendly relations between the U.S. and Japan. However, I would like to announce that this year, due to the spread of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the local government has ordered those living in Massachusetts to refrain from holding large, in-person gatherings, and due to this order, we have inevitably decided to abstain from holding the event this year.
After his ascension to the throne, which took place on the first year of the Reiwa era, on May 1st 2019, His Majesty the Emperor along with Her Majesty the Empress of Japan have wished for peace, stability, the growth, and health of our country, carried out a number of official business duties, encouraged our country when it was faced with difficulties, and gave us hope.
Although it is unfortunate that we have decided to forgo this year’s celebration, we hope that Japanese citizens living in New England and those that have contributed to the friendly relations between the U.S. and Japan will be able to quickly overcome this adversity, that our local society achieves harmony, and that we strive to achieve our goals here in Massachusetts.
February, 2021
Setsuo Ohmori
Consul General of Japan in Boston