May 21 - South Korean leader Lee Myung-Bak expressed optimism for Japan's recovery effort. Andrew Raven reports.
South Korea's president pauses for a moment of silence in Japan. Lee Myung-Bak is touring the earthquake and tsunami ravaged Miyagi prefecture in the northern part of the country. Thousands of people died here in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami in March. Lee expressed optimism for the country's labrorious recovery effort. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT LEE MYUNG-BAK "The whole world was deeply moved by the restrained and brave behavior that Japanese people showed as they fought against the disaster; so, I believe Japan can also recover from the disaster very quickly." South Korean and Chinese leaders are also expected to tour the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. That facility was devastated during the tsunami, sparking the world's worst nuclear disaster in decades. They are in Japan for the annual North Asia summit. Andrew Raven, Reuters