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Japan's imperial couple visit tsunami-hit town

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Japan's imperial couple visit tsunami-hit town


Japan’s imperial couple have again visited their country’s north-east coast to offer their condolences to those affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

Emperior Akihito and Empress Michiko were given a tour of Minamisanriku, a town 400 kilometres from Tokyo that was devastated by the tsunami.

Over 9,000 people lost their homes there and they now live in makeshift shelters.

Meanwhile, readings taken at the stricken Fukushima plant on Tuesday showed that radiation levels were at their highest since the crisis began.

Officials from plant operator TEPCO said robots had taken readings in reactor number one as high as 1,120 millisieverts of radiation per hour. That is four times the annual dose that workers are allowed to be exposed to.

Four of the six nuclear reactors were damaged by explosions resulting from the tsunami, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

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