During an international science conference held in Kyoto on Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told attendees that Japan is willing to receive foreign assistance to contain the problem concerning the Fukushima nuclear plant. The public have been bombarded with news on mishaps from nuclear operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), even after the prime minister claimed that the situation is under control.
“We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem,” Abe said during his speech at the forum. The Liberal Democratic Party chief made no mention of his claim during the General Meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires last month, nor specified how the country will collaborate with foreign assistance. But he told international delegates, “My country needs your knowledge and expertise.”
Last month, Japan included Lake Barrett, former director of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania, as an adviser in dealing with the Fukushima Daiichi situation. Russia has also reminded Japan that its assistance, which was first offered back in 2011, is still available. Rosatom Overseas General Director Djomart Aliyev said last month that if Russia and Japan will cooperate, both may “produce good results.”
Besides Barrett, Japan has also sought nuclear advisers from Britain and France. Although Japan is now open to foreign assistance, the government is still criticized for having done so late when radioactive water has already leaked from the nuclear plant a number of times and reached the seas.
[via The Independent]
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