Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that the government will take responsibility to compensate those affected by the ongoing crisis in the crippled nuclear power complex in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.
The prime minister made the remarks at a meeting with Yuko Endo, mayor of the village of Kawauchi, and seven other heads of municipalities near the plant, which was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Kan said that the government wants to bring the situation to the point where it can say the worst is over.
Although the government wants Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>, the plant’s operator, to pay as much in compensation as possible, the state will see the problem to the end, he said.
The local heads urged the government to contain the crisis as soon as possible and take full responsibility for compensation.