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Japan emperor visits disaster zone

Japan's emperor and empress have made their first trip to the disaster zone since the earthquake and tsunami destroyed much of the country's north-east coast.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited two evacuation shelters in Asahi city, about 54 miles east of Tokyo near the Pacific coast.

The royal couple knelt on mats and spoke quietly with evacuees, who bowed deeply. Some wiped tears from their eyes.

Thirteen people died, and some 3,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the city in the March 11 disaster. The emperor and empress plan additional visits to other tsunami-affected areas in coming weeks.


From Belfast Telegraph