Japanese PM: Japan should not ‘get bogged down’ in Fukushima talks

Economy

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he wants to resolve the country’s crisis over the nuclear disaster at Fukushima before the summer break.

“The prime minister has made it clear that we should resolve the crisis before the start of summer break,” Abe said in televised remarks from Tokyo, adding that he hopes the Japanese people will join him in that goal.

Abe’s comments come a day after his government unveiled a package of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture.

“We want to make sure that no matter what happens, we can take a look at the situation with calm and calmness,” Abe told a news conference.

The Prime Minister’s Office said on Sunday that the government will propose legislation to make it easier for affected communities to apply for help from other countries.

The Japanese government has spent tens of billions of yen ($1.2 billion) on cleaning up the plant and has announced it will resume the process of rebuilding after the crisis was declared over in March.

The crisis has left a legacy of radioactive waste and contaminated water that has poisoned at least 200,000 people.

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