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Worst Is Probably Over in Japan, U.S. Energy Secretary Says

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the worst is probably over in Japan as efforts to stabilize the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant have had some success.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., owner of the crippled 40-year-old plant, reconnected a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) power cable yesterday to unit No. 2 in an effort to revive cooling systems knocked out after the magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami. Work continues to prevent a meltdown at the plant 220 kilometers (140 miles) north of Tokyo, and the utility connected an electric cable to the No. 5 reactor, Kyodo News reported today.