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Japanese regulator says focus must remain on Fukushima

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority wants no distraction from the focus on ensuring the Fukushima nuclear power plant is made safe.

Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority spoke at a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday and expressed his wish that talk about running safety checks at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant should be quelled until Fukushima had been dealt with.

“The most important thing is to improve the situation at Fukushima” he said adding that a report submitted by the utility on safety measures at Fukushima was inadequate because it doesn’t fully address all the issues.

Tokyo Electric, also known as Tepco, can’t restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa facility in western Japan’s Niigata prefecture until the regulator inspects the plant and grants approval. Tepco, which had a loss of 685.3 billion yen ($7 billion) last fiscal year, calls Kashiwazaki-Kariwa key to its return to profitability.

Tepco’s report to the regulator included adding more workers, improving communications and setting up a risk management team to deal with contaminated water. As a mid-and long-term measure, Tepco plans to build concrete barriers outside existing barriers that surround water tanks, according to the report.

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