Tokyo Gov Naoki Inose has publicly contradicted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reassurances to the International Olympic Committee that contaminated water leaks from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are "under control."
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Inose refuted Abe's claim, telling reporters that the water leaks at the plant were "not necessarily under control," Fuji TV reported Saturday.
Hours before the IOC declared Tokyo the host city for the 2020 Games, Abe flew to Buenos Aries from the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, to give an emphatic speech in English declaring that radiation from the leakage would not impact waters outside the immediate vicinity of the plant.
Inose said, "The government must acknowledge this as a national problem so that we can head toward a real solution."
Meanwhile, Fukushima operator TEPCO said that an internal investigation revealed five loose bolts on an iron plate may have been the cause of the water leak.© Japan Today