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The Question

Japan: Rewriting a leader’s narrative?

Just hours before the earthquake, Japan’s prime minister was staving off calls for his resignation over illegal campaign contributions. With approval ratings hovering around 20 percent, Prime Minister Natao Kan’s political fate seemed bleak. Then the quake and tsunami struck, and a country looked to him for leadership in the immediate aftermath. How likely is it that the horrific tragedy in Japan will rewrite Kan’s leadership narrative?

Posted by On Leadership  on Mar 15, 2011 1:20 PM
Views from the Panel

For Japan, looking to recent American history

If a leader fails in these essential tasks, a disaster response can evolve into a crisis of confidence from which it is almost impossible to recover...

Posted by Robert Goodwin on Mar 17, 2011 5:38 PM

In tragedy, saving the spirit of a people

In crisis like this there is no thought in leaders’ mind about their reputation, status, or historical legacy. The focus is...

Posted by Katherine Tyler Scott on Mar 17, 2011 11:15 AM

The energy challenge for leadership

The ongoing disaster in Japan challenges Prime Minister Naoto Kan and also leaders in other countries to finally question their national energy policies.

Posted by Michael Maccoby on Mar 16, 2011 11:31 AM

Japan’s long-term challenge

How effectively Prime Minister Kan handles the nuclear plant issues will be the tipping point in his efforts to reverse his leadership narrative...

Posted by John R. Ryan on Mar 17, 2011 11:43 AM

Rebuilding Japan’s self esteem

Even before the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, Japan was dealing with big problems–the controversy dogging the prime minister, and the harsh effects of an economy that has been sluggish for two decades...

Posted by Yash Gupta on Mar 15, 2011 2:18 PM

A test for Japanese democracy

The challenge is not just to Kan, but to the entire system...

Posted by Slade Gorton on Mar 15, 2011 2:20 PM

Guiding Japan through disaster

The government deserves praise for managing the crisis thus far, but the nuclear crisis may be more pragmatic...

Posted by John Baldoni on Mar 15, 2011 2:20 PM

Applying General Patton’s story to Japan’s prime minister

“What have you done for me lately?” The answer in the case of Prime Minister Kan may be...

Posted by Col. Charles D. Allen on Mar 15, 2011 2:18 PM

Writing Japan’s next history

It is certainly difficult--if not insensitive--to discuss political matters in the wake of Japan's most crippling crisis since World War II. Yet if recent American history is any indication...

Posted by Coro Fellows on Mar 16, 2011 11:14 AM

Body language during crisis

Whether you are the prime minister of Japan or a CEO, when it comes to communicating during a crisis, there are two sets of nonverbal signals that are especially important...

Posted by Carol Kinsey Goman on Mar 15, 2011 2:19 PM

Redefining Japan’s prime minister

Accepting aid, although unprecedented for Japan, is an intelligent move, as Kan is showing that a leader can understand when it’s time to be humble and...

Posted by Rice University Undergraduate Leaders on Mar 16, 2011 11:58 AM
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