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.

Japan's Empress Michiko (R) talks with an evacuee at an evacuation center in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, April 8, 2011. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the shelter to encourage some 1,400 evacuees from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, mostly from Fukushima Prefecture where the troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is located. REUTERS/Koji Sasahara/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ROYALS)

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