14 Apr '11, 10am

Japan global reputation avoids meltdown, risks ahead

REUTERS - Japan's triple calamity of a huge earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear crisis has prompted an outpouring of sympathy, but that could turn to frustration if Tokyo fails to get the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years under control in coming months. With the global spotlight intensifying as the crisis drags on, experts say Japan must be both open with information and competent in crisis management or face damage to its global image, a risk for an economy highly dependent on exports. Some neighbours have already faulted Japan on both counts. South Korea's prime minister this week accused Japan of "incompetence" and other officials voiced resentment that Tokyo had informed Washington of its plans to release radioactive water into the Pacific last week but did not tell Seoul. In a brief panic after overheated domestic media reports, some South Korean schools closed or canc...

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