Permier Wen Jiabao was seen wiping tears while speaking to diplomats at Chinese embassy in Japan. Wen revealed that it was his personal decision to visit the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear hit Fukushima area. Wen explained the rational of his visit, and signed he might not be able to come to Japan again.
Some read the speech a sign of Wen being increasingly isolated at the top level of power in China. One thing for sure, once Wen retired from his post, he would not be able to go outside China. There has been no precedence of former top leaders being allowed to go overseas after they departed offices.