9 Juin 2013
June 6, 2013
Keidanren chief visits Fukushima nuclear plant
The head of Japan's top business federation has pledged technological support for the decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Keidanren chairman Hiromasa Yonekura visited the plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Company on Thursday. It was his first visit since the March, 2011 nuclear accident.
Yonekura talked to workers engaged in the decommissioning process at the quake-proof building.
He then toured the plant by bus, taking in damaged facilities and storage tanks for radioactive wastewater.
Officials told him the wastewater accumulates at a rate of about 400 tons every day.
Yonekura told reporters a safe decommissioning of the reactors is essential for rebuilding Fukushima Prefecture.
He said Japanese businesses will contribute technological resources to aid the process.