Japanese leader urges people to unite, rebuild

Houses, cars and other debris are washed away by tsunami tidal waves in Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, after strong earthquakes hit the area Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Keichi Nakane, The Yomiuri Shimbun)

March 18, 2011 5:33:36 AM PDT
Japan's prime minister is calling on all the nation to unite in rebuilding the country from scratch. Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a national television address Friday that, "We will rebuild Japan from scratch. We must all share this resolve."

Kan exhorted all Japanese not to be discouraged and to carry on with working hard, just as they have rebuilt Japan in the past. He said the massive earthquake and tsunami disaster and ensuing nuclear crisis were a "great test for the Japanese people."

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