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    The advisor quitting over his quarrel with the radiation levels set for schools is still resonating. A reporter asked about the topic at 2:45 in the Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (May 1st, 2011, at16:03) - Japanese Government Internet TV. The reporter stated that a member of Kan's own party was objecting to the standard.

    UPDATE 1-Japan nuclear plant workers set up fans to cut radiation, repair | Reuters

    May 3
    Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) has said it may take the rest of the year to bring the nuclear plant back under control.

    The company said it had begun constructing special tents at the entrance to turbine buildings so workers can move in and out. It is also installing fans with filters at the No.1 reactor to reduce radiation inside to one-twentieth of current levels within days.

    "We want to suck out the air in the building and use the filter to remove radiation from the dust," TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto told reporters.
    Soil containing radioactive materials up to 1,000 times the normal level were found from the bottom of the sea near the nuclear plant, TEPCO's Matsumoto said on Tuesday.

    Unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan is facing increasing calls to quit over his handling of the crisis.

    The latest blow for Kan came when an adviser on the nuclear crisis quit in protest over the government's decision to set the annual radiation limit at 20 millisieverts per year for school children in Fukushima, a level the adviser said was unacceptably high.

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