Prime Minister Naoto Kan reiterated in a speech to parliament that Japan was grappling with its worst problems since World War II."This quake, tsunami and the nuclear accident are the biggest crises for Japan" in decades, said Kan, dressed in one of the blue work jackets that have become ubiquitous among bureaucrats since the tsunami. He said the crises remained unpredictable, but added: "We will continue to handle it in a state of maximum alert."

Source: NASA (Picture1 red = previously populated, silver = buildings, blue = ocean) (Picture 2 add tan and brown for the areas destroyed by Tsunami).

Kan has faced increasing criticism from opposition lawmakers over the handling of a nuclear disaster stretching into a third week. Is playing the blame game the right answer? Or should the international community step in?