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'Fukushima threat receding'

world Updated: Apr 28, 2011 00:18 IST

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The Japanese prime minister's special advisor on the nuclear crisis says the immediate risk of a major radiation leak from the Fukushima power plant has receded, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The government could not say the situation had been completely stabilised at the plant, but after studying the possibility of severe deterioration Tokyo was comfortable with the current evacuation policy, Goshi Hosono told the paper in an interview Saturday.

"There is no way Tokyo or Kyoto will come into harm's way," said Hosono, Prime Minister Naoto Kan's special advisor on management of the nuclear crisis. The government had last week imposed a no-go zone 20km around the plant, giving legal weight to an existing exclusion zone over fears of the effect of long-term radiation exposure.