Nov. 12 - For the first time, media get a close up view of the remains of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant that suffered a partial meltdown after a March earthquake and tsunami. Jessica Gray reports.
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Decked in protective gear, around 30 journalists got a glimpse at Japan's ruined Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The burned out, radioactive remains are all that's left after the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster that struck in March.
Officials said radiation levels were improving and that a "cold shut down" is now possible as scheduled.
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTER GOSHI HOSONO SAYING:
"I hope we together can accomplish a cold shutdown by year's end. Not only the people of Fukushima but also the whole Japan and even further, the whole world is looking at us to see whether we can meet the goal or not, so let's put together all our efforts to make it happen."
But recovery efforts are far from over.
Thousands are still bused in everyday from a camp at a nearby soccer stadium to stop the leaking plant from doing further damage.
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) HEAD OF FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT MASAO YOSHIDA SAYING:
"I believe the plant is stabilized to the level that residents in surrounding communities can live without fear, but it's still very tough conditions for the recovery workers inside the complex."
The area, in eastern Japan, is still under a travel ban -- even as temperatures in the reactors continue to drop.
Jessica Gray, Reuters
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