Japanese Emperor Visits Tsunami Evacuees

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, have visited an evacuation shelter for victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

It was their first face-to-face meeting with survivors of the double disaster on March 11th.

They spent about an hour meeting evacuees at a centre in Tokyo which is normally used as a gym for martial arts.

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Rescue in Japan as 2 pulled from rubble 9 days after Quake

A grandmother and her teenage grandson were rescued Sunday in Japan, nine days after they became trapped in their home following the earthquake and tsunami, officials said.

In the southern part of the Miyagi city of Ishinomaki, the 80-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy were rescued by medical workers, authorities said.

Police were searching for survivors in the vicinity. The boy manged to crawl through the rubble onto the roof, the Ishinomaki police department said.

A relative had reported the two missing on March 13, police said.

Police gave the specific location as Kadonowakimachi, in the southern part of Ishinomaki near the coast.The news gave hope to others that their missing loved ones may be found alive.

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Pulled from the Rubble: Man Survives Being Trapped 8 days

Military search teams pulled a young man from a crushed house Saturday in Japan’s disaster zone but a news report later said he returned there a week after the quake and tsunami struck and that he was trapped only for one day.

He told rescuers that he left after the first tsunami, but then returned home and fell unconscious.

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A man was pulled alive from the rubble on Saturday eight days after Japan’s powerful earthquake and tsunami, the military said.

The man, in his 20s, was in shock and unable to speak when he was found in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture, one of the regions hardest hit by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, a spokesman said.

He was found trapped on the second floor of a house and had wrapped himself in a blanket, Kyodo news agency said. He was conscious and his blood pressure and pulse were stable.

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Anxiety, Fatigue Among Evacuated Citizens Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Anxiety and distress was growing among evacuees near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant Sunday, a day after a blast occurred and fears increased over possible radioactive leaks from the plant that was hit by Friday’s massive earthquake.

"What’s going to happen, and when…?" a local town official said in expressing concerns, although he noted that people are not panicking. He evacuated from the Fukushima Prefecture town of Okuma, where the plant is located, to the city of Tamura in the same prefecture, farther away from the plant.

Noting that some of the evacuees have also fallen ill because of fatigue and anxiety about the future three days after evacuation, the official said, "There are calls for information about hospitals. There is also a need for medicine."

As the government expanded from 10 kilometers to 20 km the radius of the evacuation area for residents living near the plant, where one of the reactors partially melted Saturday and the blast occurred, another 180,000 residents were forced to seek refuge.

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