Photo/IllutrationFrom right, Empress Michiko, Emperor Akihito, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attend a concert at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on April 2. (Pool)

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A veteran singer offered a song that Empress Michiko played to cheer up Emperor Akihito during rehabilitation from surgery at a concert to commemorate their 60 years of marriage on April 2.

Saori Yuki sang "Yoake no Scat" (Scat in the break of day), her well-known hit released in 1969, to a big applause by the imperial couple at Tokagakudo concert hall in the Imperial Palace compound.

Michiko encouraged Akihito with the song during his recuperation following coronary artery bypass surgery in 2012.

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko, as well as Kiyoko Kuroda, the only daughter of Akihito and Michiko, also attended the concert, which also marked the 30th anniversary of Akihito's enthronement.

Akihito will abdicate on April 30.

Musician Ryudo Uzaki and his wife Yoko Aki, who works as a lyricist, actress and novelist, emceed.