Emperor turns 79, concerned about aging Japan - Article Photos 6/6

Well-wishers wave Japanese flags as Japan's Emperor Akihito makes a public appearance on a balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Emperor Akihito along with imperial family members received greetings from well-wishers to celebrate his 79th birthday. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)