Japan’s Kan says ready for long battle to bring nuclear plant under control

April 1 (Reuters) – Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on
Friday he was ready for a long battle to bring the quake-hit
Fukushima nuclear plant under control.

He also said in a nationally broadcast news conference that
he wanted to decide by the end of the month on the content of an
extra budget for earthquake relief.

“I am prepared for a long-term battle over the Fukushima
nuclear plant and to win this battle,” he said.

“At the current stage, we cannot say that the plant has
been sufficiently stabilised. But we are preparing for all kinds
of situations and I am convinced that the plant can be
stabilised. We cannot say at this stage by when this will
happen, but we are trying our best.”

Japan’s Kan says ready for long battle to bring nuclear plant under control