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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Abe's claims to have Fukushima under control criticized

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TOKYO —
While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold gamble to throw himself into the Tokyo Olympic bid paid off handsomely on Saturday, his claims to have the problems of the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor under control ran into fresh resistance on Monday.
The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, has recently been forced to reverse denials and admit that hundreds of tonnes of radioactive water are pouring into the Pacific Ocean each day. Radiation levels near tanks that leaked highly radioactive water have spiked, and the operator of the plant has voiced concerns that contamination may reach groundwater.
Abe said in Buenos Aires, where Tokyo’s victory was announced by the International Olympic Committee, that the plant is “under control”.
“I would like to state clearly that there has not been, is not now and will not be any health problems whatsoever,” Abe told a news conference. “Furthermore, the government has already decided a programme to make sure there is absolutely no problem, and we have already started.”
Tokyo pledged last week to spend nearly half a billion dollars on cleaning up the plant, with critics saying the announcement was aimed at the Olympic vote.
But a poll by the Asahi newspaper over the weekend found that 72% of the respondents thought the government’s response was too late, while 95% thought Fukushima was a serious problem.
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I'm sure he is...

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