Message from the Prime Minister on the Occasion of National Foundation Day

February 10, 2023
[Provisional translation]
National Foundation Day is a public holiday for the purpose of "recalling the founding of the nation and cultivating a mindset of love of the nation." It is a national holiday on which each Japanese person recalls how the nation was founded, thinks about the efforts made by our forebears to date, and renews his or her hopes for the further development of the nation.
Japan has shaped its history and fostered a unique culture and distinctive traditions while harmonizing with the abundant natural beauty that can be enjoyed every season. Japan now enjoys a high reputation in the international community in many areas, including science, technology and innovation, and culture and art.
Throughout its long history, Japan has countless times faced great difficulties and trials. Each time, our ancestors brought themselves to their feet full of courage and hope and achieved a number of miracles, such as the Meiji Restoration and high economic growth in the postwar era. They have also cultivated a national character that protects freedom and democracy, respects human rights, and upholds the rule of law. We should not forget the fact that the advances Japan enjoys today lie atop the foundation of each individual’s unceasing efforts and the strength of kizuna (bonds) that people have shared with one another.
Reflecting on the significance of the footprints left by our ancestors, we will defend the lives and livelihoods of the people, secure the blessing of the nature and seek to achieve a society where everyone can feel fulfilled in life. Together with the people who live in the present, we will face the challenges facing us and pass on to future generations of the nation a Japan that we can be proud of to the world. As we commemorate National Foundation Day, I renew my determination in this regard.
I sincerely hope that for you, my fellow citizens, National Foundation Day will be an opportunity to appreciate the efforts made by people who went before us as you look back on the path Japan has taken, as well as an opportunity to aspire to pursue further prosperity for Japan.
Prime Minister of Japan
February 11, 2023

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