Japan’s ordeal — and its future

Tragic as it is, this natural disaster might serve as a catalyst for Japan to forge a brighter future.

Japan’s ordeal — and its future

Prime Minister Naoto Kan this week described Japan’s earthquake and tsunami as presenting the country with its biggest crisis and challenge since World War II. For a country that rose from the nuclear ashes of horrendous defeat to become and remain for four decades the second-largest economy in the world, this is no small claim. It may be true or at least close to the truth.

In economic terms, natural disasters such as this...

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