Emperor, empress cancel summer retreat over flood disaster
Japan Today -- Jul 14
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have cancelled their planned summer retreat north of Tokyo following last weekend's deadly torrential rain in western Japan, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.

The imperial couple's routine stay at an imperial villa in the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, had been scheduled from next Tuesday to Friday.

According to the agency, the imperial couple are concerned about the search for missing people and recovery efforts in areas affected by flooding and landslides, as well as people staying in shelters amid scorching weather.

Over 200 people died as a result of the heavy rain that mostly hit western Japan from Friday to Saturday.

The emperor and empress already called off a private trip to Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan that was scheduled for earlier this week.

Crown Prince Naruhito has also cancelled a two-day visit through Thursday to Okayama, one of the hardest hit prefectures. Crown Princess Masako was supposed to accompany him if in good health.

甚大な被害に心を痛めて来週からの静養を取りやめられました。 両陛下は、17日から栃木県那須町の那須御用邸で静養される予定でした。
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