TOKYO Aug 7 Japan's government believes
radiation-contaminated water has been leaking into the Pacific
Ocean from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for the
past two years, an industry ministry official told reporters on
Earlier, the official said an estimated 300 tonnes of
contaminated water was leaking into the ocean per day from the
Fukushima nuclear plant.
Also on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to step
up government efforts to stem the leaking of radioactive water.
Abe ordered the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry to
urgently deal with the situation and ensure the plant's
operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, takes appropriate
action to deal with the cleanup, which is expected to take more
than 40 years and cost $11 billion.
The plant was severely damaged in an earthquake and tsunami
in March 2011.