Friday, April 1, 2011

Japan PM vows funding to tackle long nuclear crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Friday he was ready for a long fight to bring a quake-hit nuclear plant under control but was convinced Japan would overcome the world's worst nuclear crisis since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

"I am prepared for a long-term battle over the Fukushima nuclear plant and to win this battle," he said in a nationally broadcast news conference as the country marked three weeks since a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the crisis.

"We cannot say that the plant has been sufficiently stabilized. But we are preparing for all kinds of situations and I am convinced that the plant can be stabilized," Kan said, promising a quake relief budget by the end of April.


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