FUKUSHIMA – Britain’s Prince William visited Fukushima on Saturday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attempt to allay safety concerns in the prefecture due to the nuclear disaster.
The 32-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who arrived Thursday on his first visit to Japan, ate Japanese cuisine made with local ingredients at a dinner hosted by Abe at an inn in the city of Koriyama.
Before dinner, both the prince and Abe met children in the city of Motomiya at an athletic facility that opened in July 2012 to offer a safe space to play amid radiation fears. There the prince demonstrated his juggling skills and talked to children on a trampoline.
The prince and Abe also took part in a tree-planting ceremony to wish for the early recovery of the prefecture from the 3/11 natural disasters and the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear crisis.
Earlier in the day, the prince visited NHK in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, and toured studios used to shoot a historical television drama series.
He donned the traditional trappings of Japanese feudal nobility, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai. The second-in-line to the British throne asked for a sword to complete the outfit, and grinned at photographers as he posed for pictures dressed as a warrior from yesteryear.
The prince, whose own military career saw him take the controls of an ultramodern combat helicopter, asked: “How does it look?”
“It really suits you,” came the reply.
William also toured the NHK newsroom and was told of the broadcaster’s coverage of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the ensuing nuclear crisis.