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Going back now for a moment march 11 of 2011.
Today that Japan was hit by that it.
Awful earthquake and tsunami in a year later the question now is how far.
Has Japan -- -- how much further is there to go Tom Schieffer was with us you might remember throughout our coverage.
Of that disasters -- albeit -- US ambassador to Japan he joins us once again to talk more about a year later.
There there is some.
Some progress yet to be made right in -- been a lasting impact as anyone would expect from that disaster.
Yeah there's a huge share amounts still to be done Japan has come a long long way from that awful day.
But it was a devastating.
Tragedy and it has had a days long and there will continue to -- -- Long impact on the country a particularly in the area of energy.
Yes and particularly of course after what happened at Fukushima.
What will be the impact just on psychology and how might that effect because Japanese people and there to read more into -- the economy I was reading something about how.
You know there's been a loss of faith.
We talk all the time about.
How -- -- people here trust their government and how much they want the government be involved I was reading that in Japan what they've really lost faith in in government.
In other organizations.
Well there's been a tremendous political instability in Japan now for.
Almost four and a half years.
That was occurring before you had the tragedy.
-- after it -- is exacerbated it but there if there is a tremendous.
-- so of distrust between the Japanese people and their government but.
I think that the Japanese have come through this.
We have something very positive -- that is that they are very proud of themselves in the way that they.
Reacted to the tragedy.
And while it was a stunning blow.
People were very proud of the fact that there was no looting there was no disorder there was a coming together of the Japanese people in in the best Japanese tradition to try to stoically get themselves through this and I think they largely have done that.
That's -- they're still a lot to do.
It's difficult even watch some of those pictures get some of them up.
-- you were speaking a year later just just reminding ourselves of just how horrific.
A situation that was before I let you go ask -- one economic question that would be when the Japanese had a tough time of it or we're going to before all of this happen as you pointed out.
And you look at the debt situation there of 220% ratio debt to GDP now Japan Greece is a 160%.
Which tells you.
Lot of people -- us in the United States are we turning in.
But to Japan how they can get themselves back on their feet economically.
Well -- they.
They're trying to address that prime minister -- has been has introduced.
A desire to increase the consumption tax but that really is only a small step in the right direction.
They have to bring a revenues and expenditures and a better balance.
This is simply not sustainable.
With the amount of the debt that they have.
But I think that they the Japanese.
Are aware that I think that there -- in the process of trying to reach some sort of consensus on what to do but it's a tough tough problem.
And they're gonna have to do that if -- if Japan is going to be able to remain.
The economic superpower that it has been in the past nice to see again Tom Schieffer the former US ambassador to Japan thanks for joining us.
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