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Japan's $473 million nuclear leak plan

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:21

Sept. 3 - Japan's government says it will intervene further to contain leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Paul Chapman reports.

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Japan's pledging nearly 500 million dollars to tackle the world's worst atomic disaster in a quarter of a century. The cash - 47 billion yen - will be spent containing leaks and decontaminating radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The announcement of further government intervention came just days before a decision on whether Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY YOSHIHIDE SUGA SAYING: "In order to actually build things such as the high level treatment facility it will require around 47 billion yen and we will look to respond to that." The government's intervention represents only a tiny part of the response to the disaster triggered by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The clean-up, including decommissioning the wrecked reactors, will take decades. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, has been increasingly criticised after a series of problems. That includes the company's admission, after repeated denials, that contaminated water was leaking into the Pacific Ocean. Contaminated water sufficient to fill 130 Olympic-sized swimming pools is being stored at the site. Most of it's kept in hastily-built tanks officials say may spring further leaks.

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Japan's $473 million nuclear leak plan

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 01:21