New industry minister meets Fukushima governor

Japan's new economy, trade and industry minister says the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and safety measures for releasing its treated water are his top priorities.

Hagiuda Koichi met Fukushima Governor Uchibori Masao on Sunday. It was his first visit to the prefecture since assuming his post.

Hagiuda told Uchibori that his ministry will focus on the decommissioning of the plant, measures for treated water and the recovery of Fukushima, while providing support to the people affected by the 2011 disaster.

Uchibori referred to the government's plan to release treated water stored at the plant into the sea after diluting it so the tritium and other radioactive materials are well below national standards.

He said this is a very serious issue for the residents of Fukushima and called on Hagiuda to address the matter and their concerns sincerely.

Regarding the decommissioning of the plant, Uchibori said the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, has been hit by a series of scandals and this has undermined the trust of people in his prefecture.

He called on the government to provide thorough guidance and supervision to the operator.