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Britain's Prince William to visit disaster-hit Tohoku this week

Kyodo

Britain’s Prince William will make a four-day trip to Japan from Thursday that will take him to areas in Tohoku hard hit by the March 2011 disasters, according to Buckingham Palace.

He will not be accompanied by his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is expecting the couple’s second child.

The prince’s itinerary during his inaugural visit to Japan includes visiting with disaster-hit residents in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 28, followed by meetings with local people in the tsunami-hit city of Ishinomaki and town of Onagawa, both in Miyagi Prefecture.

Prince William, who is second-in-line to the British throne, will spend the first two days of his visit in Tokyo and Yokohama before traveling on to Fukushima.

While in the capital, the prince is scheduled to visit, accompanied by Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe, venues for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and will also attend events related to British technology and business, Buckingham Palace said.

After visiting to Japan, the prince will travel to China through March 4.

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