Thursday, March 31, 2011

The emperors of Japan visited the earthquake refugees

Tokyo .- The elderly emperor of Japan, Akihito and Michiko visited today in Tokyo to hundreds of refugees Budokan in central Tokyo for the first time since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeast coast. They are housed some 300 people were evacuated in the provinces of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures due to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on day 11, which caused 11,258 deaths and 16,344 missing, according to police last count.

Dressed more casually than usual, and in dark, the emperor, 77, and Empress, 76, toured the temporary shelter and talked with some families. According to the TBS television network, Akihito asked a victim if he was tired and could not sleep, and whether his family was fine. This type of visits and the emperors of Japan conducted two weeks after the Kobe earthquake in Niigata in 1995 and 2004.

Nippon monarchs also have plans to visit sometime in the area affected by the worst natural disaster that has seen Japan, although no date has been finalized as yet unknown the situation in remote areas. On day 16, five days after the earthquake, Akihito went to the Japanese in the first televised address of his 22 year reign to instill courage and ask them to help each other to overcome the biggest crisis in Japan after the Second World War.

In that message, he urged them to remain calm and not give up hope, while he was "deeply concerned" about the situation of the nuclear plant in Fukushima, where since the earthquake occurred is working to control leaks of radioactive reactors.

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