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03/29/2011 02:55 pm ET | Updated May 29, 2011

Japan Earthquake 2011: What Japanese Think Of Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Response

Amid the destruction and nuclear crisis caused by the March 11 tsunami, there is a joke making the rounds in Japan: President Obama telephones Naoto Kan, Japan's prime minister... and asks to speak to his spokesman, Yukio Edano.

The joke reflects a widespread feeling that Prime Minister Kan has slipped into the background -- he has made just three public addresses since the disaster -- while Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano has become the government's public face in the midst of Japan's worst crisis since World War II.

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