The Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan called this crisis the most difficult crisis for the nation since World War II. His spokesperson, Nori Shikata, spoke about the rising death toll, the challenges distributing aid, and the status of the damaged nuclear reactor with “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour Sunday morning.

Shikata did not estimate on the possible death toll, but said he expected the current number of 1,000 confirmed dead “will be increasing very quickly.”

The Police Chief of the Miyagi Prefecture – the hardest hit area – estimated on Saturday that there could be 10,000 deaths in that area alone.

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