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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are considering a trip late next month to areas of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures that were hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis and subsequent heavy rain, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday.

If realized, it will be the imperial couple’s first visit to a disaster-hit area since the emperor ascended to the throne on May 1. The visit would follow in the footsteps of the emperor’s parents, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko, who made a series of visits to disaster-hit areas while the emperor emeritus was on the throne.

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