Britain’s Prince William on Saturday traveled to an indoor playground for children in Fukushima Prefecture's Motomiya city.
Motomiya is far enough from the crippled plant and was not designated as an evacuation zone following the nuclear accident, but the city has created the indoor facility for local children who have been encouraged not to play outside due to radiation fears.
The prince, accompanied by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was greeted by flag-waving small children and invited into the facility where he thrilled the children by juggling for them.
The disaster claimed around 19,000 lives and left tens of thousands of people homeless.
Many of those displaced are still unable to return home, in some cases because of radiation that leaked from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, with scientists warning some areas may have to be abandoned.
On Saturday night, William stayed at a traditional "ryokan" inn in Fukushima. Dressed in a yukata, he dined with Abe on locally-produced Japanese dishes.
On Sunday, he will meet people whose lives were affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, including the staff of a newspaper who produced handwritten copies in the aftermath of the disaster because their printing presses had been destroyed.
He is due to leave Japan on Sunday, bound for Beijing.© (c) 2015 AFP