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China, S. Korea put on show of solidarity with quake-hit Japan

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China, S. Korea put on show of solidarity with quake-hit Japan


Chinese and South Korean leaders visited the Fukushima in northeast Japan on Saturday in show of solidarity with the disaster-hit region.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is hosting China’s premier Wen Jiabao and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak for an annual summit between the region’s three leading economies.

They met in Fukushima City, some 60 kilometres northwest of a stricken nuclear plant.

An earthquake and tsunami on March 11 left more than 24,000 people dead or missing and sparked the ongoing atomic crisis.

Both Jiabao and Myung-bak met with some of the survivors, who have been put up in makeshift shelters after seeing their homes destroyed.

The two leaders also hinted that restrictions on Japanese food imports could be eased, which would offer a boost to the country’s economy.

Although food makes up just one percent of Japan’s exports, Tokyo fears concerns about radiation could also have an impact upon other sectors.

Japan’s export-driven economy has just toppled back into recession.

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