New Minister Koizumi Vows to Tackle Tainted Soil in Fukushima

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Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan's new Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, meeting with Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori on Thursday, vowed to keep the central government's pledge about the disposal of soil tainted with radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

"I'll make utmost efforts to keep the promise" that the final disposal of the contaminated soil will be carried out outside of Fukushima Prefecture, home to the plant, within 30 years, Koizumi said at the meeting, held in the city of Fukushima, the capital of the northeastern Japan prefecture.

Koizumi visited Fukushima after he took up the ministerial post on Wednesday in a cabinet reshuffle conducted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

A triple meltdown occurred at the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> plant soon after it was hit by the March 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami.

"Genuine trust will be created after a promise is fulfilled," Uchibori told Koizumi.

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