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Japan Emperor speaks to quake-devastated nation

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 01:54

Mar 16 - Japanese Emperor Akihito made an unprecedented televised address to his disaster-stricken nation, saying he was what he called ''deeply worried'' by the crisis at a damaged nuclear plant in northern Japan. Jon Decker reports.

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Five days after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, Japanese Emperor Akihito made an unprecedented televised address to his disaster-stricken nation, saying he was quote.. "deeply worried" .. by the crisis at a damaged nuclear plant in northern Japan. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE EMPEROR AKIHITO SAYING: "And now, the situation of the nuclear plant is one in which we must be vigilant about. I hope that through the efforts of the people involved, a worsening of the situation can be avoided." The emperor was making his first public appearance since last week's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE EMPEROR AKIHITO SAYING: "Those who were affected by the earthquake, they must not lose hope and look after their health and survive tomorrow onwards. Each and every Japanese citizen will keep thinking of those who have been affected and continue to oversee the rebuilding process of the regions." Several hundred miles to the north of Tokyo, more than a thousand survivors in the small Japanese fishing town of Otsuchi dealt with an unseasonable snowstorm that blanketed acres of debris in white as temperatures dropped below zero. Home for hundreds of residents -- who lack water or electricity-- is now one of three government-run shelters. More than half of Otsuchi's 17,000 residents are still missing after a massive tsunami leveled the town. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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Japan Emperor speaks to quake-devastated nation

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 01:54