Japan PM declines pay until nuclear crisis ends

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday he would not accept his premier’s wage until a crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant is over and pledged a full review of the country’s energy policy.

Kan was speaking hours after about 100 villagers who fled their homes near the stricken plant made brief but emotional return journeys into the rural no-man’s land in radiation suits and masks to pick up personal belongings.

Japan was plunged into a nuclear crisis by the March 11 quake-tsunami that hit the plant, causing partial reactor meltdowns, explosions and radiation leaks in the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

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