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07:18 11 March 2016

FOCUS: 5 years on, toxic water keeps building up at Fukushima nuclear plant

By Yoshio Takahashi
TOKYO, March 11, Kyodo

The cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is making only slow progress with melted fuel left untouched and toxic water continuing to collect five years after the catastrophic reactor meltdowns.

Some headway has been made in the decommissioning project, but observers say the starting point of the decades-long job has only just been reached -- the crucial task of dealing with nuclear fuel inside damaged reactors still remains.

Last year, Japan started bringing reactors back online for the first time since tougher safety rules were introduced after the 2011 disaster, as the government seeks to meet a goal of having nuclear power generate at least 20 percent of the country's electricity by 2030.

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