• Kyodo


As the 10th anniversary of the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster approaches, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are considering meeting with survivors online as the coronavirus pandemic makes it difficult for them to visit northeastern Japan, an Imperial Household Agency source said Wednesday.

Online conferences with residents of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima — the prefectures hit hardest by the March 11 disaster that triggered a nuclear crisis — are expected to start in mid-February, according to the source.

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