Clearing the Air at Fukushima

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Installing an air purifier is not a big deal, unless the location is inside a building that houses a reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant in Japan. Inside Unit 1, radiation levels are still through the roof.

A representative with the Tokyo Electric Power Company says the purifier will eliminate 95 percent of the radioactivity; allowing crews to enter the building and begin work on restoring the cooling systems, which was heavily damaged during the March earthquake and tsunami.

The squabbling over who should pay for what and how much in the wake of the twin natural disaster and man made nuclear crisis.

Japan’s parliament approved a $48 billion dollar recovery package on Monday. Enough money to build 100,000 houses for folks living in shelters and to clear roads and more of all the debris left behind.

“I’m anxious to get the budget plan approved as quickly as possible so that we can reimburse funds for the projects immediately,” Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda told the Associated Press.

“We support this budget plan just because of the urgent need to fund reconstruction projects,” said Mikishi Daimon, an opposition lawmaker from the Communist Party.

But with estimates of damage running well over $300 billion, Prime Minister Naoto Kan will confront more pressure about the budget, and his perceived mishandling of the nuclear crisis.

Opposition leaders have requested that Kan step down, and it seems they have the support of the people. A majority of people recently polled by a newspaper found that the majority don’t believe Kan can properly handle a response to the disaster.

As for the power company, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano stated that TEPCO bears unlimited liability because the tsunami and quake were “not impossible to foresee.”

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