On Monday, July 22, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan boarded a train in Tokyo headed towards the Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan to begin their two-day visit to the region.
This will be the third visit for Their Imperial Majesties to the area since Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused by the March 11, 2011, earthquake off the Tōhoku coast and the devastating tsunami that followed.
Their first stop was to the village of Iitate. Upon their arrival the emperor and empress were warmly greeted by local government officials. Thereafter, Their Imperial Majesties visited a “…temporary building which houses a three elementary schools and a precision machinery component factory…” according to Kyodo News.
Tomorrow, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit the village of Koori where they will tour peach farms.