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Mickey and Minnie try to raise Japanese spirits

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Mickey and Minnie try to raise Japanese spirits


One place in Japan has taken a tentative step back towards normal life after the earthquake and tsunami: Tokyo Disneyland.

It reopened its doors five weeks after shutting down because of the double natural disaster and the ongoing nuclear alert 240 kilometres away.

Yoshiko Odaka went with his five-year-old daughter Hana. He said: “There are still concerns over radiation levels, but we need to enjoy ourselves and think positively because otherwise it will only be more depressing.”

Another visitor, Mariko Miyamoto said: “I’ve been worried because everyone was talking about tightening their belts since the earthquake, and Disneyland had been closed because of that.”

Some visitors expressed a kind of guilt that they were having fun when 28,000 people are either dead or missing.

Others said in the midst of so much bad news a little cheering up was welcome.

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