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How would you evaluate Naoto Kan's 14-month tenure as prime minister?

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A short term tour of duty?

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Best prime minister Japan has had since Ikeda.

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sucked

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Not long enough.

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Dignified, did the best he could. Imagine if Yukio Hatoyama had been in power when the tsunami struck? The world would have seen the incompetence of Japanese politics/bureaucracy in it's purest form.

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Much better than Murayama who couldn't handle The Great Hanshin-Awaji' (most commonly known as Kobe earthquake).

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Japan really needs to get rid of its "okay, one year's up -- time for a new guy" system and rally around someone with staying power.

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Considering all the bickering by the one million different parties in the J-Gov, all the political attacks by different parties that make it difficult to agree on anything, I think he did what he could have done. Unless all the different parties can unite and follow one leader, the next PM is already doomed.

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Good guy cut down by the all powerful vested interests.

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Poor chap got a bad hand. He could have done better but he felt short regarding the crisis. I still ranking him 2nd after Koizumi.

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I thought it was fine. He could not have predicted the earthquake or tsunami so why put blame on him for mot acting as fast as others wanted so he could get a feel towards the whole gravity of the situation.

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Best PM Japan has had in ages made to serve in almost impossible conditions.

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I thought his actions with the earthquake and tsunami were very good but with the nuclear disaster, appalling, even criminal. He withheld important info in those first days and hours. But I hold 50+ years of LDP governments responsible for the worse nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. I wonder what compensations they will be paying?

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In a word - straightjacketed. He tried to fight for the little peopl but the bigwigs making a lot of personal wealth from the status quo were never going to allow that to happen.

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