PM Abe to Fukushima disaster workers: Japan's future depends on you.

Guardian: “Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has told workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that “the future of Japan” depends on their ongoing struggle to contain leaks of highly radioactive water at the site.” “Abe’s brief visit to the stricken plant on Thursday – his second since he became prime minister last December – comes weeks after he reassured the world that the situation at the facility was under control, amid reports that large quantities of contaminated water were seeping into the Pacific ocean.
Abe’s reassurances are thought to have helped Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, but were later challenged by a senior official at the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power [Tepco].
….Tepco reportedly lobbied against the proposed construction of a barrier – a measure that will now be taken with government funding – because it feared the high cost would spook investors and push the firm closer to insolvency.
Charles Casto, a representative of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said discussions about a barrier had begun within weeks of the meltdown.
“It was obvious to us that there was great deal of groundwater intrusion into the plant, and we shared that with the Japanese government,” he told Reuters. “At the time, they didn’t believe there was a significant amount of groundwater getting into the plant.”