Japan says evacuation near nuclear plant to be long-term

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Friday that the evacuation of residents near the country’s stricken nuclear plant will be “long-term,” as Japan’s nuclear crisis stretched into a third week, with no end in sight.

Japan is struggling to regain control of a damaged nuclear plant north of Tokyo, which is leaking very high levels of radiation, after an earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11. More than 27,973 people are dead or missing and hundreds of thousands have been left homeless as a result of the tsunami.

(Reporting by Michael Perry)

Japan says evacuation near nuclear plant to be long-term