Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered the closure of two Fukushima nuclear reactors that
survived the 2011 tsunami.
The shutdown threatens to complicate a turnaround plan the operator has presented to creditors but after touring the plant, Abe said the government had to take a more active role in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics.
“The government must be at the forefront of dealing this disaster and the contaminated water. I’m the person in charge and I promise to deal firmly with this issue,” Abe said.
Authorities have been struggling to contain leaks of radioactive groundwater. Now with the remaining reactors shutdown it is unclear whether the plant will reopen in the face of local opposition.