japanTheir Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan continued their two-day visit to the Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan this afternoon.  Unfortunately, things did not go as planned.

Their Imperial Majesties were scheduled to visit a peach farm in Koori this morning, but due to heavy rain and thunderstorms they were forced to cancel.  Instead, the emperor and empress met with the farmers at a hotel in Fukushima City.

During their meeting discussions focused on the farmers struggles “…with decontamination and reputational damage since the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant triggered by the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami” according to Kyodo News.  Their Imperial Majesties were sympathetic to the farmers and offered them “…many words of encouragement…”