08 April 2011
Today's Pic: An Empress Reaches Out
Today, Empress Michiko of Japan again visited with evacuees of Japan's deadline earthquake and tsunami, less than one day after another major aftershock. The island nation has been rocked by very large aftershocks and hundreds of tiny ones plus numerous tsunami warnings for nearly a month now. The unprecedented disaster has prompted the imperial family to take a much more public role as consolers, much more in line with Western royal traditions.