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Emperor Akihito tried to calm the nerves of his nation's people during a televised address on Wednesday. He expressed his condolences to those who have suffered since the earthquake and tsunami and urged them not to give up. (Associated Press)

Emperor Akihito tried to calm the nerves of his nation's people during a televised address on Wednesday. He expressed his condolences to those who have suffered since the earthquake and tsunami and urged them not to give up. (Associated Press)

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