Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he was overwhelmed and afraid during last year's nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, acknowledging that little has been done since then to ensure that another nuclear disaster will not occur.
Japan's parliament elected Yoshihiko Noda as the country's new prime minister Tuesday, making him the country's sixth new leader in five years.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan officially submitted his resignation and dissolved his Cabinet Tuesday, clearing the way for a parliamentary vote to elect Yoshihiko Noda as the country's next leader.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, whose approval rating tumbled following the devastating March earthquake and tsunami, announced his resignation Friday.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Wednesday he'll resign once new bills related to post-earthquake reconstruction pass parliament, to avoid a political vacuum.
Four months after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, operators at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are still grappling with the crisis the disaster unleashed but say they are making slow progress.
Japan appointed on Tuesday Senior Vice Minister Tatsuo Hirano to be reconstruction minister following the resignation of Ryu Matsumoto over remarks he made over the weekend, according to the prime minister's office.
Japanese protesters took to the streets Saturday to demand safer energy as the nation marked the three-month anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that sparked the worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.
Japan has slapped new restrictions on green tea and plums from areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant because of lingering radioactive contamination from the ongoing disaster there.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday.
CNN's Kyung Lah reports on Japan's PM surviving a no-confidence vote and for the moment will remain in office.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan faces a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, a major political setback that could cost him his leadership position.
President Barack Obama landed in France on Thursday for meetings with the leaders of the world's top economic powers after a high-profile visit to London.
Addressing Britain's Parliament, President Obama makes the case for "essential" Western leadership.
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that he will give up his salary until the nuclear crisis in the country is over.
The president of Tokyo Electric Power Company, the business at the heart of Japan's nuclear crisis, apologized again Wednesday, a day after the situation there was designated a Chernobyl-level nuclear accident.
CNN's Martin Savidge explores a fishing village destroyed by Japan's earthquake.
Japan's prime minister vowed to wind down the month-long crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant "at all costs" Tuesday after his government officially designated the situation there a Chernobyl-level nuclear accident.
With the ringing of bells and bowing of heads Monday afternoon, Japan marked the passage of a month since the deadliest earthquake and tsunami in its modern history.
Somber ceremonies mark one month since earthquake and tsunami killed as many as 25,000 people.
Acknowledging the toll the unrelenting nuclear crisis has had on people's lives and livelihoods, the owner of Japan's stricken nuclear plant has offered money to some of those in the radiation's reach -- an offer that one city decided to refuse.
Mayors of evacuated Japanese towns say TEPCO's first cash payout falls far short. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The leaders of France and Japan vowed Thursday to work to bolster international safety standards for nuclear power plants, making the subject a prime topic at a pair of upcoming international summits.
As searches for nearly 13,000 missing continued Sunday, police in Japan said 8,199 people had died since the monster earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck last week.
As searches for survivors continued Saturday, police in Japan said more than 7,100 people had died since the monster earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck.
Even as Washington and Tokyo disagreed on the extent of the threat a damaged nuclear power plant poses, President Barack Obama told the Japanese prime minister Thursday that the United States will help Japan rebuild following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The Japanese chief cabinet secretary says U.S. President Obama offered his full support to Japan.
As I try to write this essay, there is another aftershock -- a mere magnitude 6.2 event near the coast of Ibaragi, about 100 miles north of Tokyo. This was the third one I felt this morning in my office in a 12-story building on the campus of University of Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the risk of further releases of radioactive material remains "very high," as crews struggle to contain an increasingly critical crisis at a damaged nuclear plant.
As some in Japan officially kicked off their first work week Monday since its epic earthquake and tsunami, others -- especially in the country's northeast -- grieved the loss of loved ones, kept fleeting hopes that missing could be found alive and tried to come to grips with a disaster that literally tore some communities apart.
In a nation already besieged with grief over mounting casualties, fears of possible radiation and the threat of more earthquakes, the nightmare grew for Japanese residents Monday as thousands of bodies reportedly surfaced and a government official confirmed another explosion at a nuclear reactor building.
Japan's prime minister asks people and industries to cut back on power usage because power plants are in short supply.
One can only watch with heartbreak as Naoto Kan, the prime minister of Japan, and his emergency response team struggle to address the potential for a nuclear meltdown at plants north of Tokyo. The government's reported use of seawater to cool the nuclear reactors and distribution of iodine tablets to minimize the absorption of radioactivity by local residents illustrate just how desperate the crisis is.
Japan's tsunami turns the Sendai Airport runway into a roaring river filled with cars and planes.
Japan's national sport of sumo wrestling was rocked by a match-fixing scandal on Thursday after it was revealed three wrestlers had admitted to rigging bouts.
The Japanese prime minister on Friday reshuffled his Cabinet to strengthen his political base in the government, but the change remains minor.
Japan's cabinet members have resigned ahead of a planned reshuffle, Prime Minister Naoto Kan's office said Friday.
Japan's justice minister resigned on Monday, amid controversy about remarks he made -- comments that were seen as making light of his job.
As Japan's fifth prime minister in four years, Naoto Kan hopes the revolving door of Japanese politics will remain closed long enough for him to reinvigorate the country.
What will change now that Naoto Kan is Japan's prime minister?
Leaders meet at the APEC summit in Japan, with a free trade agreement on the agenda. CNN's Kyung Lah has details
It was not a quiet weekend for the prime minister of Japan, facing a diplomatic test abroad from China and questions at home about his leadership.
A leaked video is circulating in cyberspace, showing a boat collision that sparked a recent diplomatic battle between China and Japan.
China's and Japan's top leaders met in Belgium, indicating a thaw in relations since a diplomatic battle broke out last month over Japan's arrest of a Chinese fishing captain off the disputed Diaoyu Islands.
A political heavyweight nicknamed the "Shadow Shogun" should be indicted over a political funds scandal, an independent judicial panel has recommended to Japanese prosecutors.
An independent judicial panel says a political heavyweight nicknamed the "Shadow Shogun" should be indicted over a political funds scandal, the Kyodo news agency said.
Japan's prime minister has rejected China's demand for an apology and compensation over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain, state media reported Sunday.
Japan's prime minister successfully fights to retain leadership, as the public's patience for politicking runs thin.
Japan's prime minister shuffled his Cabinet on Friday to consolidate his power base, following a landslide win earlier in the week to lead his party.
When Japan's ruling party finishes its vote later Tuesday, the Asian island nation could have its third prime minister in a year.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday defeated political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa to keep his job.
Gold surged to a new record high Tuesday, as uncertainties about the global economy sent some investors flocking to the save-haven precious metal.
The dollar sank to a fresh 15-year low against the yen Tuesday, after Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has been reluctant to intervene in the market to curb the Japanese currency's rise, fended off a leadership challenge.
The wife of Japan's prime minister is a pragmatist. When her husband, Naoto Kan, became prime minister in June, they moved in only with their summer clothes, she told a Japanese weekly magazine.
North Korea is demanding reparations from Japan for colonizing the Korean peninsula for more than three decades in the early 1900s, after Tokyo once again apologized to South Korea earlier this month.
Japan apologized once again to South Korea on Tuesday for colonizing the Korean peninsula for more than three decades in the early 1900s.
Japan's first lady writes bluntly about her husband's shortcomings in a new book. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is used to political lashings. But the latest one is not from an opposition party -- it's from his own wife.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan vowed to keep his job Sunday despite a defeat at the polls for his Democratic Party of Japan, which apparently failed to gain a majority in the upper house of parliament.
Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his cabinet Tuesday, retaining 11 of 17 ministers in his predecessor's administration.
CNN's Kyung Lah looks at the challenges ahead for Japan's fifth prime minister in four years.
Both the upper and lower houses of Japan's parliament elected Finance Minister Naoto Kan to be the nation's new prime minister Friday, following the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama from the post earlier this week.
Japan's parliament elects Naoto Kan to be the new prime minister. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The lower house of Japan's parliament elected Finance Minister Naoto Kan to be the nation's new prime minister Friday, following the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama from the post earlier this week.
Of all the people named as likely candidates to succeed Hirohisa Fujii, Japan's finance minister, who resigned on Wednesday, Naoto Kan is probably the most daring choice.
Japan's growing pension fund scandal has claimed another victim, with the head of the opposition Democratic Party announcing his resignation after failing to make mandatory premium payments.
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