Kyodo, Reuters / LandovQuake, Tsunami Hit JapanBefore the quake, PM Naoto Kan was disgraced by controversy, and now he’s tasked with rebuilding a country. Lennox Samuels and Takashi Yokota on the government’s mixed messages.03.11.11 2:47 AM ETKyodo, Reuters / LandovKyodo, Reuters / LandovA street is flooded after an earthquake and tsunami struck Ishimaki City.Philippe Lopez, AFP / Getty ImagesA woman takes care of her children at a shelter for earthquake affected people in Sendai.Kyodo / LandovPeople walk through debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture two days after the massive 8.9 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the city. Daisuke Tomita, The Yomiuri Shimbun / AP PhotoFutaba Kosei Hospital patients are treated at Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu after being evacuated from the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Futaba town.Alex Hofford, EPA / LandovA double portrait of the former Emperor and Empress of Japan Hirohito and his wife found in the rubble at Sendai airport.Sankei via Getty ImagesDebris from the tsunami floats in the Ishinomaki Bay.German Aeorpace Center DLR / ZKI via Getty ImagesThese two handout satellite photographs show the Iwanuma-Matsushima area before (L) and after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 12, 2011 at Torinoumi, Japan. Kim Jae-Hwan, AFP / Getty ImagesSmoke billows from fires raging at the port in Tagajo, Miyagi prefecture.Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters / LandovOfficials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama on Mar. 13, 2011.Jiji Press, AFP / Getty ImagesSelf Defence troops walk through devastation to search for missing people at Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture.EPA / LandovAerial view of Tsunami devastated Kamiishi city, Iwate prefecture Mar. 13, 2011. Shuji Kajiyama / AP Photo A tsunami survivor stands on debris of houses and beer cans and barrels washed away from a nearby brewery factory.Kyodo / LandovA member of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force carries an elderly woman on his back as he evacuates her to an elevated area in the tsunami-hit city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 12. Tsunami alerts are still in effect in coastal areas.Reuters / LandovSmoke rises in the distance behind destroyed houses in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 12.Jiji Press, AFP / Getty ImagesPeople evacuate with small boats down a road flooded by the tsunami waves in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture on March 12.Yomiuri, Reuters / LandovA ship is swept by waves after a tsunami and earthquake in Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture March 12.Yomiuri, Reuters / LandovPeople evacuate from their destroyed village after an earthquake in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12.Kyodo / LandovBuildings swept by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Miyagi Prefecture on March 12.Kyodo / LandovAn oil refinery in Chiba City caught fire after an 8.9 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan on March 11.Yomiuri / ReutersRescue workers attend to injured people in Tokyo.Yomiuri, Reuters / LandovStranded people wait for their train at Kawasaki station after subways and trains were suspended by the earthquake.Kyodo / LandovHouses are swept by water, causing many fires, following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. Wally Santana / AP PhotoTravelers rest on the floor stranded at the Haneda international airport in Tokyo after a massive earthquake March 11, 2011.Xinhua, Gamma-Rapho / Getty ImagesPeople look at the smoke rising over the skyline after the earthquake in Tokyo, Japan on March 11. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan causing Tsunami alerts throughout countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.Kyodo / LandovA massive tsunami engulfs a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 11.Kyodo / LandovPhoto taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows black smoke emerging from a building in Tokyo's Koto Ward shortly after a powerful earthquake hit northeastern Japan on March 11.Toru Hanai, Reuters / LandovJapan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (left) reacts as he feels an earthquake while attending a committee meeting in the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on March 11.Kyodo / LandovCars and airplanes swept by a tsunami are pictured among debris at Sendai Airport, northeastern Japan on March 11.Kyodo / LandovA whirlpool is seen near Oarai City, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 11.Kyodo / LandovA person walks on a flooded street after a tsunami hit Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 11.Toshifumi Kitamura, AFP / Getty ImagesA pedestrian road collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba Prefecture, on March 11.EPA / LandovAn oil refinery is on fire following the Tohoku earthquake in Chiba city, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on March 11.Kyodo / LandovEvacuees stand around Shinjuku Central Park in Tokyo March 11.Kyodo / LandovA photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows a coastal area near Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, inundated after a powerful earthquake triggered a massive tsunami on March 11.