A team of International Atomic Energy Agency experts are in Japan to help assess what to do next. This comes in the wake of criticism over the government’s handling of the historic meltdown disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, following the earthquake and tsunami in March.
The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric, on Friday announced a $15 billion loss for the fiscal year that ended in March. A slump in economic growth has returned Japan to recession.
Meanwhile, anger over health fears spurred hundreds of protesters to gather outside Japan’s Education Ministry. They demanded the repeal of a recently approved raised radiation exposure limit for school children.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan will carry these pressures with him to France later this week as he attends the G8 summit.