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Japan Receives Global Offers to Contain Water Leaks in Fukushima

Japan said it received expressions of interest from 779 companies and individuals with technology to help contain radioactive water leaks at the wrecked nuclear plant in Fukushima after the government launched a global appeal.

Japan made the appeal between Sept. 25 and Oct. 23 through the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning, formed in August to support the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., according to a statement by the coutry’s trade ministry. About 30 percent of the proposals come from overseas, ministry official Yoji Ueda said today at a briefing.

The technology ranges from separating tritium from radioactive water to building ice walls to stem contaminated water flows into the ocean, according to the statement. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month vowed to end the nation’s “ad hoc” response to the disaster. The government said it would spend 47 billion yen ($484 million) to stop the leaks.

IRID was formed in August by a group of 17 Japanese companies, including Toshiba Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy industries Ltd to support efforts by Tepco, as the utility is known.

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