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“U.N.’s Nuclear Chief Says Japan Is ‘Far From the End’” via NYTimes.com

The world’s chief nuclear inspector said Saturday that Japan was “still far from the end of the accident” that struck its Fukushima nuclear complex and continues to spew radiation into the atmosphere and the sea, and acknowledged that the authorities were still unsure about whether the reactor cores and spent fuel were covered with the water needed to cool them and end the crisis.

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he saw a few “positive signs” with the restoration of some external electric power to the plant. But taking care to say he was not criticizing Japan’s response under extraordinary circumstances, he said, “More efforts should be done to put an end to the accident.”

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