The government will present Tuesday a set of emergency measures to deal with the huge volume of radioactive water accumulating at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, officials said Monday.
The measures to prevent a further buildup of contaminated water, possibly including steps financed by the state budget, will be presented at a ministerial meeting headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"We will present a package of comprehensive countermeasures on Tuesday" at the meeting, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during the talks between the government and the ruling coalition at the prime minister's office, according to one of the officials.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)