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Japan Briefing— Tokyo

Preface

As Japan starts to rebuild following the events of March, the management of the crisis and its aftermath has revealed deep-seated problems within the Japanese political system. The country boasts a long list of dysfunctional post-war leaders – and a highly nepotistic system.

Crisis management, Fukushima, Japan, Prime Minister, Tokyo

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Weathering the storm

Japan [NAOTO KAN]

Even by the dismal standards of recent Japanese prime ministers, Naoto Kan could hardly be described as a people person. In the days and weeks that followed the unprecedented triple hit of a magnitude-nine earthquake, the devastating tidal wave and a nuclear drama, it was not Prime Minister Kan’s first instinct to rush to the stricken north-east and comfort its homeless, shell-shocked citizens. Nor to console in person the hapless residents of Fukushima, the unfortunate hosts of the out of…

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