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The Environment Ministry officially announced Saturday that the government aims to buy 19 sq. km of land around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex to build facilities for the long-term storage of radioactive and other waste churned up by decontamination work.

The plan was unveiled as Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara and reconstruction minister Takumi Nemoto visited Fukushima to ask local authorities to approve construction in the four towns hosting Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s two nuclear plants in the prefecture.

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