Japan is suffering through a horrendous series of back-to-back catastrophes that are starting to make the world question whether or not Japan will survive.
I've been to Japan 25+ times. Japan is a great country. The Japanese are a great people. They will survive these catastrophes.
However, they may not be able to survive their own brain dead politics which have:
A.) Kept Japan in a rolling recession for 20 years because the politicians refuse to reform their financial system.
B.) Torpedoed population growth by discouraging young women from marrying and having babies. (Only single women can really have careers in Japan, so many young women just don't get married and don't have kids.)
As sad as it sounds, perhaps the Earthquake, Tsunami, and resulting nuclear challenges will wake Japan out of it's 20 year old slumber and ignite their spirit of quality, excellence, and results that typified Japan in decades after WWII.