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At a nuclear crisis state in Japan, Emperor Akihito encourages residents not to give up

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Japan's Emperor Akihito expressed his condolences March 16th, to victims of his country's Friday, March 11th massive 8.9 magitude earthquake and 23-foot tsunami
In his rare speech, usually reserved for times of crisis or war, he expressed that Japanese people should not to give up.
Speaking on Japanese nationwide Wednesday afternoon GMT, in a address to nation, he also voiced concern about the crisis at a nuclear power plant damaged by the disasters that has led to radiation leakage.
"I am deeply concerned about the nuclear situation because it is unpredictable," he said. "With the help of those involved I hope things will not get worse."
The quake-spawned tsunami devastated Japan's northeastern coast. Japan government officials believe more than 10,000 people have perished in the aftermath of the national disaster.
Akihito, who is 77, thanked those involved in disaster relief operations, including many foreign governments, and urged an all-out rescue effort.
"We don't know the number of victims, but I pray that every single person can be saved," he noted.
Japan faced a worsening nuclear crisis after authorities ordered emergency workers to withdraw from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant amid a surge in radiation, a third reactor explosion -the first two erupted on March 6th and 7th.
In addition, nuclear plant officials on Wednesday temporarily suspended efforts to cool the facility's overheating reactors and withdrew all but a few workers from the plant. Since this point, nuclear plant officials state that 50 staff members fighting the factory crisis, have returned.
Radiation levels have been reported to have fell and expanded to new area, like the larger town of Tokyo within the last couple of days. Various media reports are rating the nuclear crisis in Japan, at a level 6, which is worse than the U.S. Three Mile Island incident but, better than Chernobyl. Residents maintaining up to a 19 mile radius of the plant, are now being encouraged by Japanese officials to stay in doors. 
Meanwhile, officials in Ibaraki prefecture, just south of Fukushima, said radiation levels were about 300 times normal levels by late morning.

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