Tokyo seeks foreign expertise on Fukushima radiation
TEPCO, the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, is seeking help from foreign decommissioning experts on how to deal with highly radioactive water leaking from the site.
This as the Japanese government is pushing for greater involvement in the cleanup after TEPCO acknowledged last week that hundreds of tons of contaminated water had oozed out of the storage tanks that were assembled after the 2011 nuclear meltdowns at the site.
Visiting the plant Monday, Japan's trade and industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he would use money from a multi-billion dollar emergency reserve fund to set up a task force that will take over the cleanup efforts and oversee operations.
With Japan's foreign minister recently visiting Chernobyl to apply lessons learned from there to Fukushima Russia has repeated its offer to help Tokyo saying the cooling and decommissioning of the station will have to include technologies developed outside of Japan if the cleanup is to succeed.
China is also closely following developments at Fukushima.
China has maintained that it may want to conduct checks in waters near the facility and assess the impact of the nuclear accident on the Western Pacific.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
Meanwhile, Tokyo did respond on Tuesday to an earlier request from Seoul for more information on the scope of Japan's contaminated water.
South Korea's foreign ministry said that Tokyo said it will first provide information that is currently available, but added that it's a complicated matter, since the details Seoul is requesting for are mostly technical issues.
Seoul had asked Tokyo two weeks earlier to share information about the intensity of the radiation leak, and the effect it could have on the ocean's eco-system.
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