Japan, IAEA to monitor radioactivity off Fukushima
TOKYO (AP) - The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Japan should work harder to address international concerns about leaks of contaminated water at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and that his agency will jointly monitor radiation levels in the nearby ocean.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano told Japan's top nuclear regulator on Thursday that it is crucial that the country share data with the international community to address concerns over the safety of Japanese waters and fish. South Korea recently imposed a ban on fish from the area.
Japanese officials acknowledged in July that the nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water into the sea since soon after its March 2011 meltdowns. Repeated leaks of contaminated water from storage tanks have added to the international concerns.