Yokota is NEWSWEEK’s correspondent in Tokyo and the editor-in-chief of NEWSWEEK Nihonban, NEWSWEEK’s Japanese-language partner.

In a new book out in Japan, Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea’s new leader, claims that he is a reformer, opposed to succession, but defended his father's persona.

Takashi Yokota, who was in a Tokyo office building when the quake hit, describes the ensuing chaos, and the one silver lining of a devastating disaster—the calm and respectful reaction of his fellow citizens.