Wen wants more info on reactors


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has urged Prime Minister Naoto Kan to provide sufficient information about the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant and called on Japan to effectively control the crisis, Foreign Ministry officials said.

The requests were made Tuesday during their first telephone talks since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant, causing radiation leaks.

Wen said China is focusing on the nuclear crisis and wants the necessary information, according to the officials.

Kan assured Wen that Japan will continue to provide China and the rest of the international community with information with utmost transparency and explain the developments at the plant, the officials said.

The two leaders, during their 35-minute telephone conversation, agreed to closely cooperate in areas such as disaster-preparedness and nuclear power safety, the officials said.

Kan also thanked Wen for China’s aid to Japan after the disaster struck, while Wen asked Kan to “develop relations between China and Japan,” according to Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, who was present during the phone talks.

China sent a rescue team on a mission to search for survivors of the March 11 disaster.