Emperor and Empress of Japan donate to help country recover from devastating earthquake

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have donated to the prefectures damaged by the Noto Peninsula earthquake.

The Emperor and Empress donated money through the Imperial Household Agency to the Ishikawa, Niigata, and Toyama prefectures.

The general affairs section chief is said to have informed each of the prefectures regarding the donation. The exact amount donated was not disclosed.

The couple expressed their condolences after the New Year’s Day earthquake on 5 January and expressed their desire to visit the areas affected by the earthquake.

A close aide to Their Imperial Majesties said: “I believe [their Majesties] wish to do so when they are certain the timing is right.”

The aide added that the Emperor and Empress do not want their visit to interrupt any operations and clean-up in the areas.

They are said to be following updates from the prefectures.

At least eight died and many structures were damaged during the earthquake. Satellite photos show that the Japanese coastline shifted over 800 feet after the quake.

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