Japan news, march 31. kan & sarkozy to cooperate in handling nuke crisis
Kan & Sarkozy to cooperate in handling nuke crisis
The leaders of Japan and France have confirmed that they will work together to solve the ongoing crisis at the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Prime Minister Naoto Kan's office in Tokyo on Thursday.
Kan thanked France for expressing sympathy for the victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami and for showing its support and solidarity for Japan since.
He also thanked Sarkozy for visiting Japan as the head of France, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Group of Eight summit talks.
Kan said Japanese people are determined to stand together to overcome the crisis, and asked France for continued support.
Sarkozy said he pays respect to the Japanese people who are facing their greatest crisis since World War Two with dignity and courage.
He added that he was shocked to see footage disaster-stricken areas, but deeply impressed by the heroic operations now under way at the nuclear plant.
After the meeting, Kan and Sarkozy held a news conference and announced that France will lead the international community to help Japan resolve the problems at the crippled plant and come up with decontamination measures. France has the second largest of nuclear power stations in the world.
Thursday, March 31, 2011 19:10 +0900 (JST)