The Japanese Disaster: Are Politicians Up To the Task?

Issue & Policy Briefs March 16, 2011, No. 61

The effects of the series of disasters that are evolving in Japan are staggering. In the national calamity created by the disasters that are ravaging the Japanese nation, there is no time for politicians to play the blame game and point fingers. It is time for them to act in a responsible way. Japanese politicians should remember the Emperor’s words in August 1945 that Japan had to “endure the unendurable.” In tough times, tough decisions are needed. Are Japanese politicians up to what is needed?

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