- Title: JAPAN: IAEA chief says he will not visit nuclear plant on current trip
- Date: 19th March 2011
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (MARCH 18, 2011) (TV TOKYO - NO ACCESS JAPAN/CLEARED FOR INTERNET ACCESS/SEE ABOVE FOR FURTHER RESTRICTIONS) AMANO GREETING JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN KAN AND AMANO TAKING SEATS AMANO AND KAN TALKING TO EACH OTHER KAN TALKING AMANO TALKING MORE OF KAN AND AMANO TALKING TO EACH OTHER (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) DIRECTOR GENERAL OF INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) YUKIYA AMANO, SAYING: "I don't have the time to go to Fukushima this time. I will leave tomorrow." AMANO LEAVING JOURNALISTS
- Embargoed: 3rd April 2011 13:00
- Location: Japan, Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Energy
- Reuters ID: LVACAVSHUTAOY6GX21MDYK4712I2
- Story Text: The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday (March 18) that he would not be visiting the site of the quake-ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant on his current trip to Japan.
Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told reporters that a team of scientists would go in the direction of the plant to conduct investigations, but he was not sure how near they would go, due to radiation fears.
"I don't have the time to go to Fukushima this time. I will leave tomorrow," said Amano.
The cores at the Fukushima Daiichi plant's reactors 1, 2 and 3 had suffered damage in the quake. According to the IAEA, they appeared to be relatively stable with seawater injected into all three units to cool them.
Japan's nuclear crisis, the world's worst since Chernobyl in Ukraine 25 years ago, has triggered alarm and reviews of safety at atomic power plants around the globe.
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