His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send congratulatory messages to His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan and His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan as well as the Government and People of Japan on the occasion of His Majesty Akihito's 85th Birthday Anniversary.

In his message to His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan, His Majesty and the people of Brunei Darussalam joined His Majesty in wishing His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan and members of the Imperial Family, the Government as well as the people of Japan on this auspicious occasion.

Meanwhile, in a similar message to His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, His Majesty expressed that Brunei Darussalam and Japan enjoyed a warm friendship and close cooperation in many important fields, and looked forward to continue working closely with His Excellency to strengthen the valuable ties in the years to come both bilaterally, as well as through regional partnerships and international fora.

In ending the messages, His Majesty conveyed his kind regards and best wishes to His Majesty Emperor Akihito and Her Majesty Empress Michiko, for Their Majesties continued good health and happiness as well as to His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and the people of Japan for a joyous celebration.

Source: Radio Television Brunei