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Japan’s Abe orders surviving Fukushima reactors scrapped, pledges safe Olympics via Reuters

(Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the scrapping of two Fukushima nuclear reactors that survived the 2011 tsunami, a write-off that threatens to complicate a turnaround plan the operator has presented to creditors.

He also said he stood by his commitments to the International Olympic Committee of insuring a safe 2020 Summer Games.

“I will work hard to counter rumours questioning the safety of the Fukushima plant,” he said.

Abe, speaking to reporters after a tour of the plant on Thursday, said he told Tokyo Electric Power Co to set a time frame for dealing with leaking contaminated water.

“In order for them to concentrate on this, I have directed them to decommission the No. 5 and No. 6 reactors that are now halted,” Abe said.

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