Japan’s Empress Michiko turns 77, says age is just slowing her down

Japan’s Empress Michiko, turning 77, says staying healthy is an uphill battle.As Japans empress marked her birthday Thursday, she acknowledged that age has made it more difficult for her and Emperor Akihito, who is also 77, to carry out their official duties.

The popular imperial couple did not travel abroad this year, although they actively reached out to survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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