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PM declines pay till N-crisis over

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said today he will not accept his wages as premier until the crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant is over, although he will take his lawmaker's salary.

world Updated: May 10, 2011 16:09 IST

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Tuesday he will not accept his wages as premier until the crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant is over, although he will take his lawmaker's salary.

"Along with the plant operator, Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company), the government bears a great responsibility for the nuclear accident as it has pursued a nuclear energy policy," the centre-left leader said.

"As the one in charge of this policy, I wish to offer my apologies to the people," he told a press conference.

"In view of this position, I have decided to give up my annual allowance as prime minister from June, until we can see the prospect of a solution to the nuclear accident."