Japan should stop 'confusing messages' on Fukushima: IAEA
TOKYO (AFP) - The world's nuclear watchdog has urged Japan to explain more clearly what is happening at Fukushima and avoid sending "confusing messages" about the disaster, the country's atomic regulator revealed on Wednesday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency questioned why the leak last week of 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water merited a rating on its International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), when no other incident since the March 2011 meltdowns had.
The watchdog's criticisms came as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government would take charge of the clean-up operation following withering criticism of the plant operator's ability to get the job done.
Local regulators on Wednesday rubber-stamped their earlier assessment of the huge spill, in which one of around 1,000 tanks at the site was found to be holed, as being INES Level 3.