Saturday, April 9, 2011

Japan: 'Ten years' to decommission nuclear plant

Japanese reactor maker Toshiba says it could decommission the earthquake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in about 10 years, a third quicker than the US Three Mile Island plant.

Radiation has been leaking from the Fukushima plant since a 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami on 11 March.

Its operator said it would stop pumping radioactive water into the sea on Sunday, a day later than expected.

Meanwhile Banri Kaieda is set to become the first cabinet minister to visit.

Mr Kaieda has responsibility for all of Japan's nuclear power stations and is scheduled to visit on Saturday.

He is expected to don a full protective suit for a tour inside the plant to inspect the work to stop radiation leaking from the site. (read more)