Japan aims to present steps on Fukushima water problem on Tuesday

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Posted: Sep 02, 2013 12:50 AM
Japan aims to present steps on Fukushima water problem on Tuesday

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to craft measures as soon as Tuesday on how to handle the worsening contaminated water problem at the Fukushima nuclear plant, a senior government official said on Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a meeting of government and ruling coalition officials that the government would present a comprehensive package of measures to a task force dealing with the nuclear disaster, Suga's deputy, Katsunobu Kato, told a news conference.

Amid a series of disclosures of radioactive water leaks from the plant, which was crippled by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the government is moving to take a more direct role in the clean-up as concerns grow over the ability of the embattled operator, Tokyo Electric Co, to handle the legacy of the world's worst atomic disaster in a quarter century.

Suga said the government aims to do everything it can to address the problem, including using existing budgetary funds, according to Kato.

(Reporting by Sumio Ito; Writing by William Mallard; Editing by Shinichi Saoshiro)