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Thursday, 21st April 2011
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Diplomats returning to Tokyo, says government

All but four foreign embassies in Tokyo have re-opened as diplomats have returned to the Japanese capital following last month's natural disasters.

The government's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that only the embassies of Angola, Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic and Kosovo remain closed, Japan Times reported.

A more stable outlook for the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant is one of the main reasons behind this, the ministry added.

Furthermore, the government claimed that many countries have lifted or eased restrictions on remaining in the capital and its vicinity or visiting Japan.

This news comes after the Finance Ministry announced yesterday (April 20th) that Japanese exports declined by 2.2 per cent year-on-year last month, after the March 11th earthquake and consequent tsunami forced the closure of several factories.

The government warned that production was likely to decline over the summer as the country deals with energy shortages.

Written by Susan Ballion