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Japanese emperor visits tsunami evacuees


Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, have visited an evacuation shelter for victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

It was their first face-to-face meeting with survivors of the double disaster on March 11th.

They spent about an hour meeting evacuees at a centre in Tokyo which is normally used as a gym for martial arts.

About 300 people are housed there, mostly from Fukushima prefecture.

Five days after the disaster, the emperor gave a televised address in which he implored people to keep calm and not lose hope.

He also said he was profoundly worried about the uncertain situation surrounding the damaged nuclear power plant at Fukushima.

Hundreds of thousands of people whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed by the tsunami on the northeast coast have heard little from the government about any help they will get to rebuild.

About 175,000 are living in shelters. Temporary housing is only under construction for a few hundred.

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