Japan to convene earthquake rebuilding council as massive search for bodies is mounted


Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will convene a national earthquake-rebuilding council within 10 days. U.S. and Japanese troops mount a massive search for the bodies of more than 16,000 missing . High radioactivity readings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are scrutinized.

Reporting from Tokyo and Los Angeles—

 

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Friday he would convene a national council on rebuilding within 10 days as U.S. and Japanese forces launched a massive effort to locate the bodies of more than 16,000 people still listed as missing three weeks after the giant March 11 tsunami and earthquake.
Kan said resolving the crisis at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant would take a while, but he pledged to do “whatever it takes to win the battle” there and brushed off talk that Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the facility, would be nationalized. Tepco, he said, must do what it can to clean up radioactive leaks at the plant and compensate those affected by the accident.

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