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U.S. President Barack Obama stands in front of a large model of the Earth as he attends a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Ferry disaster thrusts Obama into consoler role during his visit to South Korea on Asia tour

TOKYO - When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States. South Korea is reeling from the ferry disaster that has left more than 300 dead or missing, with the vast majority of the victims students from a high school near the capital …