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Tourists a rare but welcome sight in quake-hit Japan via @cmswire

Tourists a rare but welcome sight in quake-hit Japan via @cmswire

Foreign tourists remain a rare sight more than a month after Japan suffered the most powerful earthquake in its history, as the nation grapples with power cuts and radiation leaks from a nuclear power plant. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - FOREIGN tourists remain a rare sight more than a month after Japan suffered the most powerful earthquake in its history, as the nation grapples with power cuts and radiation leaks from a nuclear power plant. April should be peak tourist season for Tokyo, famous for the brief but spectacular blossoming of its cherry trees, which signals the start of spring. But in Asakusa, one of the capital's oldest districts and home to the Senso-ji temple, a major tourist draw, there are no foreign faces to be seen. 'Before the earthquake, Asakusa was quite touristy and very well-known to foreigners,' rickshaw driver Yoshiaki Suzuki told AFP. 'But since the quak...

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