The Asian Age

FUKUSHIMA AC­CEPTS STOR­AGE OF RA­DIOAC­TIVE WASTE

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Tokyo: The gov­er­nor of dis­as­ter- struck Fukushima agreed Mon­day to ac­cept the “tem­po­rary” stor­age of nu­clear waste from the Ja­panese ac­ci­dent, paving the way for an end to a years- long stand­off.

Yuhei Sato has been ca­joled and lav­ished with the prom­ises of sub­si­dies if he ac­cepts a cen­tral gov­ern­ment plan to build a de­pot on land near the bat­tered Fukushima Dai­ichi plant.

“I have made an ag­o­nis­ing decision to ac­cept plans to con­struct tem­po­rary stor­age fa­cil­i­ties in or­der to achieve re­cov­ery in the en­vi­ron­ment as soon as pos­si­ble,” Sato told cen­tral gov­ern­ment min­is­ters in Tokyo.

The worst nu­clear ac­ci­dent in a gen­er­a­tion erupted in March 2011 when a huge tsunami swamped the plant on Ja­pan’s north­east coast, flood­ing cool­ing sys­tems and send­ing re­ac­tors into melt­down. The re­sult­ing plumes of ra­di­a­tion con­tam­i­nated ar­eas far and wide, ren­der­ing a swathe of Fukushima un­in­hab­it­able and forc­ing thou­sands of peopl from their homes.

 ?? — AFP ?? Filipino ac­tivists hold a protest at the Ja­panese em­bassy in Manila on Mon­day against the con­tro­ver­sial six- month dol­phin hunt­ing sea­son as it be­gins Septem­ber 1 in Taiji, Ja­pan. The an­nual catch, in which peo­ple from the south­west­ern town cor­ral...
— AFP Filipino ac­tivists hold a protest at the Ja­panese em­bassy in Manila on Mon­day against the con­tro­ver­sial six- month dol­phin hunt­ing sea­son as it be­gins Septem­ber 1 in Taiji, Ja­pan. The an­nual catch, in which peo­ple from the south­west­ern town cor­ral...

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