Japan PM seeks overseas help on Fukushima nuclear plant

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Japan’s nuclear regulator orders TEPCO (some the company’s officials seen here), the operator of the crippled Fukushima power plant to draft in additional workers if needed to plug leaks of radioactive water from its tanks and report within a week on steps taken to fight the crisis. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is open to receiving overseas help to contain widening radioactive water leaks at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima, with leaks and mishaps reported almost daily.

Abe made the comments in a speech at an international science forum in Kyoto in western Japan on Sunday.

“We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem,” Abe said in his English speech to open the conference on energy and environment.

“We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem”: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Reuters

“My country needs your knowledge and expertise,” he said.

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Despite Abe’s reassurances to the International Olympic Committee last month that the leaks were “under control,” many Japanese believe he was glossing over problems at the plant.

Abe did not say whether he still thinks the leaks are under control, or give any specifics about foreign participation.

His comments come just days after the plant’s operator acknowledged that highly contaminated water spilled from a storage tank as workers tried to fill it to the top.

Officials have acknowledged that the ground water contaminated with radioactive leaks has been seeping into the Pacific since soon after meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/japan-pm-seeks-overseas-help-on-fukushima-nuclear-plant-20131006-2v2e8.html#ixzz2gw5fEvXJ

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