Times of tragedy are not something to be welcomed, but they are occasions within which able political leaders can thrive and fulfill their destiny. In ordinary times, of course, it is beneficial to have the coherence and sense of direction that strong leadership can bring, but during a severe national crisis ― when the public is confused and afraid ― these dynamic qualities become little short of necessary. How miserable it is, therefore, that Prime Minister Naoto Kan has signally failed to measure up to the challenge.
Footage of the March 11, 2011, earthquake as experienced in the Akasaka district of central Tokyo.
Protesters against Okinawa military base treated roughly by police outside US Embassy in Tokyo, including one man pulled across the road by his hair.