Former U.S. envoy critical of Japan’s nuclear crisis response via The Los Angeles Times

Kevin Maher, a former State Department official, says the U.S. worried about Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s lack of leadership after the earthquake and tsunami led to a nuclear crisis.

Reporting from Seoul—

Relations between the United States and Japan, already strained over the delayed relocation of an American military base on Okinawa, received no help this week when a retired U.S. envoy publicly criticized Tokyo’s initial response in March to the nation’s nuclear crisis.

Comments by Kevin Maher, a former director of the State Department‘s Japan Office, shed light on Washington’s mind-set during the early days of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichinuclear power plant.

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