06 April 2011

Today's Pic: Masako offers consolation

Following an example set last week by the emperor and empress of Japan, Crown Princess Masako and Crown Prince Naruhito today visited evacuees of the March earthquake and tsunami. The couple had announced that they would attend the British royal wedding; an occasion that excited royal watchers because Masako very rarely travels abroad because of what the imperial household terms an "adjustment disorder." However, the enormous disaster that struck their country has led the princely couple to change their minds. They will instead stay home and offer what consolation they can to their devastated countrymen.

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito (L) talks to evacuees from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as Crown Princess Masako (R) looks on at a gymnasium, currently an evacuation left, inside Ajinomoto stadium in Chofu, western Tokyo April 6, 2011. The couple visited the evacuation left to encourage the evacuees, who are mainly from Fukushima prefecture. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS ROYALS)

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