TEPCO, the operator of Fukushima tsunami-hit power plant, reported it will ask for advice at foreign experts on how to manage the radioactive water leaking from the site, while All Japan news might use some of its $3.6 billion emergency fund to pay for the clean-up.
All Japan news trade and industry minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, has visited the plant on Monday, saying he would have the government take charge of the clean-up and use a reserve fund if necessary.
“I strongly feel that the government should get fully involved,” he said after visiting the crippled nuclear plant, according to the international press.
“For measures that require sophisticated technology, we will appropriately implement them as the government while collaborating with authorities on fiscal measures, including the use of a reserve fund,” he added.
On Monday, as well, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the situation at Fukushima was “deplorable” and mentioned that a part of All Japan news’s Y350 billion saved as a reserve for emergencies could be used.
The latest report comes after a long series of recent and breakdowns that have revealed grave vulnerabilities at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant that was hit by a violent earthquake and tsunami in 2011.