Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hong Kong tourists fly to Japan

More tourists are going back to Japan a month after the nation was hit by the worst disasters it had after the war.
Hokkaido up north will welcome a group of ten Hong Kong tourists while Okinawa down south will welcome 63 on Saturday the first such tours since the country was knocked down by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, said RTHK radio in a report by Kyodo News.
My Filipino friend and her family safely arrived in Tokyo Saturday night.
The double whammy flattened its Fukushima reactors in the northeastern Honshu that made the government raise the nuclear alert level to the maximum of 7.
Earlier, the US and France were reported to have lifted the travel ban to the country.
The latest casualty figures according to the National Police Agency as of 17 April 10:00 are 13,756 deaths and 14,141 missing.
The US and South Korea vowed to cooperate on the relief and construction efforts in Japan to help the country recover from the catastrophes.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday who is on a two-day visit to Seoul. Clinton is expected to visit Tokyo on Sunday, Kyodo News said.

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