17 Dec '11, 6am

Japan nuclear efforts only \\"first aid\\"

TOKYO: Japanese newspapers Saturday dismissed Tokyo's declaration of a "cold shutdown" at the Fukushima nuclear plant as meaning only "first aid" had been completed, saying a long recovery still lay ahead. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday said leaking reactors at the power station on Japan's northeast coast had finally been brought under control, nine months after the atomic crisis began, in what authorities say is a vital step. But major newspapers blasted the government view. "'The state of cold shutdown' is easy on the ears but the actual state does not allow optimism," the liberal Asahi Shimbun said. "It is as if a patient came out of a life-or-death condition but remained hospitalised," it said, warning fears remain that problems at the power station could worsen again. "Molten fuel is still in reactors and its cooling depends on tentatively-built facilities. T...

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