Japan PM pledges greater government role at Fukushima
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to the world his government will play a greater role in stopping leaks of highly radioactive water at Fukushima.
Wrapping up a tour of Africa and the Middle East, Mr Abe said in Qatar on Wednesday that the issue at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant cannot be dealt with by operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) alone.
"The accident in Fukushima cannot be left entirely to Tokyo Electric Power. There is a need for the government to play a role with a sense of urgency, including taking measures to deal with the waste water," Mr Abe told a news conference.
His industry minister and Japan's head nuclear regulator have been tasked with finding the cause of the leaks and drafting steps to counter the problem, Mr Abe said.