Japan PM Kan may visit to quake-hit areas next week


TOKYO — Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under increasing pressure for his handling of the aftermath of the country’s devastating earthquake and nuclear crisis, may visit worst-hit areas of the northeast next week, a senior official said on Friday. Kan flew over the stricken nuclear plant and quake-hit areas last Saturday, the day after the magnitude 9.0 quake, and said afterwards that the country faced its biggest challenge since the end of the World War II.

Edano said the government has yet to finalise Kan’s trip, because it does not want to bother local authorities at a time when they are very busy addressing the needs of locals.