During the ceremony in Tokyo with the Emperor and Empress on April 28, 2013, Prime Minister Abe said, according to TBS News,
沖縄が経てきた辛苦 Hardships endured by Okinawa
ただ深く思いを寄せる simply deeply sympathize
努力をなすべき should try to, make effort to
訴えようと思う I think I will appeal
I think I will appeal to people that an effort should be made to simply and deeply sympathize with hardships endured by Okinawa.
TBS News also captured the awkward moment when "three banzai" for the Emperor occurred, supposedly spontaneously, as the Emperor and Empress were leaving the stage. Totally out of proper protocol, to say the least. The Emperor and Empress look very awkward and almost embarrassed. (At about 1 minute into the news):
Emperor did not utter a word during the ceremony.
Under the current draft constitution by Liberal Democratic Party, the Emperor would be expected to attend events at municipalities, not just on the national level.