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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Abe tells IOC ’Fukushima situation under control


Saturday, 07 September 2013 19:33

imageBUENOS AIRES: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured International Olympic Committee members on Saturday the situation regarding the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was under control in the final presentation by the Tokyo bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.
The 58-year-old - who had flown in from the G20 Summit in Russia - added that the contaminated water leaking from the plant had never done nor would ever do any damage to Tokyo, which is some 250 kilometres from Fukushima.
Tokyo bidding to host the Games for a second time are opposed by Istanbul, bidding for the fifth time, and Madrid trying for a third successive time.
The bid had been dogged throughout the week by questions over the safety of the Fukushima plant - damaged in the tsunami and earthquake which hit the north east of Japan in 2011 - as more stories emanated about contaminated water leaking into the Pacific Ocean.
However, Abe in an assured and polished performance speaking in English left no doubt that he and his government had the situation under control.
"Fukushima let me assure you the situation is under control," he said.
"It has never done or will do any damage to Tokyo."
Abe replied decisively when pressed by veteran Norwegian IOC member Gerhard Heiberg over Fukushima.
"You should read past the headlines and look at the facts," he said........
...Abe added: "Today under the blue sky of Fukushima there are young boys playing football and looking into the future and not the past."
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