Imperial members encourage the disaster victims at shelters in Gunma Prefecture

Prince Akishinonomiya (right standing) and his wife Princess Kiko (left standing) spoke to the disaster victims in Gunma Prefecture.

April 25, 2011

Crown Prince's younger brother, Prince Akishinonomiya, and his wife Princess Kiko visited the shelters in the Gunma Prefecture where about 290 victims in the total are living on April 25.

They are taking shelter from South Soma City and Namie-cho in Fukushima Prefecture due to the accident of the nuclear power plant in the prefecture.

The imperial couple joined the recreation activity with the victims, and spoke to each of them one by one, saying "We hope the nuclear power plant crisis will be settled down as soon as possible so that you can go home," etc.

Afterwards, Princess Kiko, who knows sign language, met the beautician who has a difficulty in speech from the anxiety of the earthquake, and encouraged her in sign language. The beautician stated her impressions to reporters in writing, "I was impressed very much to meet her".

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