22 Apr '11, 11am

Japan PM says country facing 'crisis within crisis' #crisis

Japan PM says country facing 'crisis within crisis' #crisis

'This crisis is not just one crisis. This is a crisis within a crisis,' Mr Kan told a news conference. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - JAPAN'S Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Friday it is his 'destiny' to serve during 'a crisis within a crisis' as the tsunami and quake-hit nation battles the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The Fukushima power plant has been leaking radiation since it was hit by the massive March 11 quake and tsunami in Japan's worst post-war disaster which has wiped whole towns off the map and left more than 27,000 people dead or missing. 'This crisis is not just one crisis. This is a crisis within a crisis,' Mr Kan told a news conference. 'Our country has been faced with a lot of issues for the past 20 years. Economic growth has been in the doldrums. The number of suicides has not declined' and stayed above 30,000 annually for years, he said. 'We have been...

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