Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Five days after the earthquake, Emperor Akihito urges calm

The Japanese emperor, Akihito, has addressed in a televised speech to a grieving nation. Five days after the severe earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese urges calm now live with the fear of a nuclear disaster. Through the public broadcaster NHK, Akihito, 77, has told the Japanese people who pray for the welfare of as many survivors as possible after the disaster.

With a sad and stoic appearance explained that problems in nuclear reactors in Japan, where the authorities try to prevent a nuclear catastrophe, are unpredictable and is "deeply concerned" after an earthquake described as "an unprecedented scale." The main television networks interrupted regular programming to broadcast the first public appearance of the Emperor since the devastating earthquake.

"I hope from the bottom of my heart that people, together, treat one other with compassion and overcome these difficult times," he said. Akihito and Empress Michiko have comforted his people in hard times, visiting survivors of the earthquake that killed 6,400 people in the port of Kobe, west of the country in 1995.

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