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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will visit Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures on Thursday to offer encouragement to people who were affected by deadly Typhoon Hagibis in mid-October, the Imperial Household Agency has said.

The visit will be the couple’s first to a disaster-hit area since the May 1 enthronement of the emperor, the agency said Monday. The typhoon ripped through a wide area of Japan and killed more than 90 people.

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