Japan’s prime minister pledged Wednesday in his traditional new year’s press conference to bring “rebirth” to the area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said authorities would work to decontaminate the region from radioactive fallout, while ensuring compensation and health checks for those affected by the disaster.
( Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press ) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda smiles during his first news conference of the year at his official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.
“These three pillars will bring the rebirth of Fukushima,” he said. Noda gave no timeframe, and government officials have said it may be years or even decades before many of the 100,000 residents displaced by the disaster can return.
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