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Koizumi vows to make progress on n-plant water issue

  • October 2, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 8:45 p.m.
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Okuma, Fukushima Pref., Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi vowed Wednesday to make progress on reconstruction in Fukushima Prefecture, including on radioactive water at the stricken nuclear power plant in the northeastern prefecture.

 

“We want to hear various opinions in parliament about what we can do,” Koizumi told reporters in the town of Okuma. He stopped short of citing any specific measures.

 

Koizumi made the remark after he visited Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the site of the March 2011 triple reactor meltdown, for the first time since he took office last month.

 

He has apologized for remarks by his predecessor, Yoshiaki Harada, who claimed that the only available way to dispose of the plant’s treated radioactive water is to release it into the ocean.

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