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Naoto Kan says prepared for a long battle to control plant

04-02-2011 08:15 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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Radiation levels remain high around Japan's embattled Fukushima nuclear power plant and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has admitted that he and his government are prepared for a long battle to bring the situation under control. Authorities have asked for help from France and the United States.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he is prepared for a long battle to bring the Fukushima nuclear power complex under control, and that his authorities are prepared for a variety of situations as they try to stabilize the plant.

Naoto Kan, Japanese Prime Minister, said, "With regards to the Fukushima nuclear plant, we must take into account it may be a long term battle, but we will always be able to overcome it. We are causing inconvenience to a lot of citizens but I promise that we will overcome this and bring the situation back to one in which everyone will be able to feel safe in."

Kan also says that he wants to decide by the end of the month on the content of an extra budget to assist post-earthquake relief efforts.

Naoto Kan, Japanese Prime Minister, said, "Of course there is an expectation that TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) should pay compensation for the damage caused by the accident. But in cases where the legal liability of TEPCO is exceeded, the final payment of compensation will be shouldered by the government."

Japanese media have suggested the government plans to take control of the Tokyo Electric Power Company by injecting public funds. But Kan has said the company should remain private.

Meanwhile, the radioactive Iodine-131 has been detected at levels more than 4000 times higher than the legal limits in the seawater near the Fukushima plant, and also also some 15 meters below one of the reactors.

The groundwater contamination is 10,000 times higher than government standard and the nuclear safety authority plans to spray a mixed synthetic resin to envelop radioactive particles inside the plant.

As the nuclear crisis deepens, the government has now requested assistance from both the France and US and has announced it will use French technology to recycle 2 tons of contaminated water used to cool reactors 1 to 4.

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a news conference at his official
residence in Tokyo April 1, 2011. Japan's prime minister said on Friday he
was ready for a long battle to bring the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant
under control. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)




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