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The government-linked nuclear decommissioning body said Friday it received expressions of interest from 779 companies and individuals with technology to help contain radioactive water spills at the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after Japan launched a global appeal.

Tokyo made the appeal between Sept. 25 and Tuesday through the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, formed in August to support Tokyo Electric Power Co., according to a statement by the industry ministry. About 30 percent of the proposals came from overseas, ministry official Yoji Ueda said Friday at a briefing.

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