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Photostream : Japan's PM Naoto Kan inspects quake-hit areas, vows to save people's lives

13 Mar

In this photo released by Cabinet public relations office via Kyodo News, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan inspects devastated areas from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's helicopter Saturday, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday. As reported by Kyodo News Agency on Saturday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday inspected areas in northeastern Japan affected by a calamitous earthquake and said the government will do all it can to save as many people as possible. In addition to addressing the human tragedy, Kan's government was forced to deal with a crisis at a nuclear power plant in one of the prefectures severely hit by the quake and ensuing tsunami. Over 1,700 people are feared to have died or be unaccounted for in the natural disaster. ''To save the lives as much as we can, especially today, tomorrow and day after, we have to hang tough,'' Kan said in his address to the nation in the evening. ''The latest quake is an unprecedented national crisis...I promise that I will risk my life on this job.'' Kan said he has ordered Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa to increase the number of Self-Defense Forces personnel sent to areas hit by the quake and tsunami to 50,000 or more from the earlier 20,000. Kan also met with opposition party leaders and called for their support in drawing up an extra budget to finance the government's relief efforts. To see the situation for himself, the premier left Tokyo early Saturday morning by helicopter for northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Cabinet public relations office via Kyodo News)

In this photo released by Cabinet public relations office via Kyodo News, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan inspects devastated areas around Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, northern Japan from Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's helicopter Saturday, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday. As reported by Kyodo News Agency, Prime Minister Kan visited the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, where a radiation leak has been reported, and inspected other devasted areas from the air. Concerning the nuclear plant, Kan said, ''As tsunami far exceeded what had been expected, some backup operation problems occurred.'' Kan nonetheless said the government is fully committed to preventing even one single resident from facing health problems. Kan said at a meeting of the government's emergency headquarters that more than 3,000 people have been saved by the SDF and other rescue teams. The government has also taken a number of steps to address the inconveniences the quake has been causing to the public.(AP Photo/Cabinet public relations office via Kyodo News)

Prime Minister Naoto Kan (seated, 3rd from R) and other government officials attend a meeting on March 12, 2011, at the prime minister's office in Tokyo. The Japanese government is scrambling to deal with the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that struck the nation the previous day, triggering massive tsunami, fires and a nuclear power emergency and resulting in extensive loss of life. (Kyodo)

 
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