02 Apr '11, 1am

Japan PM visits disaster zone

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan set foot for the first time in the tsunami-ravaged disaster zone Saturday, arriving in a town where more than 2,000 are listed as dead or missing. Kan, who flew into Rikuzentakata on a military helicopter from Tokyo, was also to stop over in nearby Fukushima prefecture, in a show of support for emergency crew members risking their lives to prevent meltdown at a nuclear plant. In Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of Tokyo, around 1,000 people are confirmed dead and 1,300 are still missing as rescue work enters its fourth week after the March 11 disaster. The town saw its picturesque forest and golden beaches destroyed by the deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, with thousands of local residents still holed up in evacuation centres. Kan will later visit "J-villa...

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