French President Nicolas Sarkozy was the first world leader to arrive in post-quake Japan Thursday as the country came under pressure to extend its evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant due to concerns about spreading radiation.
REUTERS – The U.N. nuclear watchdog suggested Japan consider widening an evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant as French President Nicolas Sarkozy was due to arrive on Thursday, the first leader to visit since a devastating earthquake and tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.
Kan has been criticised by the opposition for not expanding the evacuation zone. Greenpeace this week said it had confirmed radiation levels in this village northwest of the plant high enough to evacuate, but Japan's nuclear safety agency has rebuffed the environmental group's call.
Date created : 2011-03-31