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Japan government to help clean up Fukushima

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - 01:23

Aug. 7 - Japan's government says it will play a bigger role in the Fukushima clean-up, where 300 tonnes of contaminated water a day is leaking from the crippled nuclear plant. Lily Grimes reports.

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The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant continues to cause problems more than two years after the earthquake and tsunami that caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The Japanese government now says around 300 tonnes of contaminated water is leaking from the plant on a daily basis. The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co admits the toxic water that has plagued the clean-up from the start now threatens to flood out of the crippled plant into the Pacific Ocean. On Wednesday TEPCo managers said they are dealing with the problem. But the same day Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the government was stepping in to help deal with what he called an "urgent issue." A University of Tokyo research team that's been mapping radioactivity levels offshore from the nuclear plant says they'd found multiple hotspots in the Pacific Ocean with radioactive readings several times higher than the surrounding seabed. It's more bad news for local fishermen. This man says the latest leakage will hit his business again, just as consumer confidence was recovering. The clean-up is expected to take more than 40 years and cost 11 billion U.S. dollars.

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Japan government to help clean up Fukushima

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - 01:23