Japan PM Abe to take firsthand look at Fukushima leaks
NARAHA, Japan (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will take a firsthand look at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant on Thursday, aiming to quell public unease over radiation-contaminated water that is leaking from the complex into the Pacific.
During the three-hour plant tour Mr Abe is to look at some of the 1,000 tanks containing radioactive water, water treatment equipment and a chemical dam being installed along the coast - steps meant to control the water leakage. He will also talk with workers, officials said.
"Today, I will enter the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Plant," Mr Abe said in a comment posted on his official Facebook page. "I will do my utmost to protect people's health and the sea."
Mr Abe's adamant reassurance to the International Olympic Committee earlier this month that the leaks are "under control" backfired at home, as many Japanese believe he was glossing over problems at the plant.