The pace of decline in prices is slowing somewhat, but prices are still fallingJapan's February CPI down 1.2 percent Mar 26, 2010
Under the basic plan for energy in 2030, the proportion of nuclear energy and total electricity supply would be 50 percent for nuclear energy and 20 percent renewable energyJapan shelves nuclear power expansion May 11, 2011
There in fact were various opinions (about the plant's safety) before the accident, but no well-thought-out preparations were madeKan calls Fukushima 'manmade disaster' Sep 07, 2011
That accident was beyond our expectations, so there were no preparations to cope with it properlyKan calls Fukushima 'manmade disaster' Sep 07, 2011
A worrisome situation remains but I hope to take the lead in overcoming this crisis6.4 quake rocks Tokyo area Mar 15, 2011
Naoto Kan (菅 直人, Kan Naoto?, born 10 October 1946) is a Japanese politician, and former Prime Minister of Japan. In June 2010, then-Finance Minister Kan was elected as the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and designated Prime Minister by the Diet to succeed Yukio Hatoyama. On 26 August 2011, Kan announced his resignation. Yoshihiko Noda was formally appointed as Prime Minister by the Emperor of Japan on 2 September 2011.
Kan was born in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as the son of Hisao Kan, an executive for a glass manufacturer. He graduated in 1970 from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and became a licensed benrishi (patent agent/attorney) in 1971.
His hobbies are go, shogi and origami. Kan built a machine to calculate the complicated mahjong point system and applied for a patent in 1973.