CNN reports Japan's emperor drew record numbers of well-wishers to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for his annual New Years' speech -- his last before he abdicates in April. The Imperial Household Agency told CNN that the number of well-wishers exceeded 140,000 for Emperor Akihito's New Year address to the public, which takes place every year on January 2, breaking the former record, set last year with 126,720 people. He told the cheering crowds, "Happy New Year. I am truly delighted to celebrate the New Year with you all under (this) clear sky." Many in the crowd waved Japanese flags and yelled "Banzai" -- the Japanese equivalent of "three cheers."
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