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Japan Earthquake 2011: Emperor Akihito Makes First Trip To Disaster Zone

TOKYO — Japan’s respected emperor visited the country’s earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged disaster zone for the first time Thursday as frustration rose over the nation’s inability to gain control over a crisis at a nuclear plant crippled by t…

TOKYO — Japan’s respected emperor visited the country’s earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged disaster zone for the first time Thursday as frustration rose over the nation’s inability to gain control over a crisis at a nuclear plant crippled by the twin disasters.

Even as the month-old emergency dragged on, radiation levels dropped enough for police sealed in white protective suits, goggles and blue gloves to begin searching for bodies amid the muddy debris inside a six-mile (10-kilometer) radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that had been off-limits.

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